Chapter 4: Indexicality, context and modality
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David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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These are all indexicals (or each has an indexical use, as will emerge). Take the word ’I’. It is a singular term, but it would be wrong to say that the word ’I’ has a referent; it is not like ‘Rotterdam’, always having the same referent on each occasion of use. Rather, each utterance of the word has a referent. Its referent is the speaker, the one saying it.
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