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  1. Eros Corazza, Mind, World, and Knowledge.
    Descartes, one of the central figure of the rationalist school, brought to the philosophical forum questions such as “What am I?”, “Does one’s mind differ from one’s body?” and if so, “How does the mind interact with the body?”. The Cartesians observed that some phenomena of nature (e.g. the mastery of language) do not fall within the mechanical philosophy of their time: they thus posited a new entity, the res cogitans (the mind) to account for these phenomena. In rejecting the (...)
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  2. Eros Corazza (2012). Same-Saying, Pluri-Propositionalism, and Implicatures. Mind and Language 27 (5):546-569.
  3. Eros Corazza & Jérôme Dokic (2012). Situated Minimalism Versus Free Enrichment. Synthese 184 (2):179-198.
    In this paper, we put forward a position we call “situationalism” (or “situated minimalism”), which is a middle-ground view between minimalism and contextualism in recent philosophy of language. We focus on the notion of free enrichment, which first arose within contextualism as underlying the claim that what is said is typically enriched relative to the logical form of the uttered sentence. However, minimalism also acknowledges some process of pragmatic intrusion in its claim that what is thought and communicated is typically (...)
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  4. Eros Corazza (2011). Lndexicals and Demonstratives. In Marina Sbisà, Jan-Ola Östman & Jef Verschueren (eds.), Philosophical Perspectives for Pragmatics. John Benjamins Pub. Co.. 10--131.
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  5. Eros Corazza (2011). Unenriched Subsentential Illocutions. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 83 (3):560-582.
    In this paper I challenge the common wisdom (see Dummett and Davidson) that sentences are the minimal units with which one can perform a speech act or make a move in the language game. I thus sit with Perry and Stainton in arguing that subsentences can be used to perform full-fledged speech acts. In my discussion I assume the traditional framework which distinguishes between the proposition expressed and the thought or mental state (possibly a sentence in Mentalese) one comes to (...)
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  6. Eros Corazza (2009). Fictions Without Ficta. Dialectica 63 (1):67-74.
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  7. Eros Corazza (2007). Contextualism, Minimalism, and Situationalism. Pragmatics and Cognition 15 (1):115-137.
    After discussing some difficulties that contextualism and minimalism face, this paper presents a new account of the linguistic exploitation of context, situationalism. Unlike the former accounts, situationalism captures the idea that the main intuitions underlying the debate concern not the identity of propositions expressed but rather how truth-values are situation-dependent. The truth-value of an utterance depends on the situation in which the proposition expressed is evaluated. Hence, like in minimalism, the proposition expressed can be truthevaluable without being enriched or expanded. (...)
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  8. Eros Corazza (2007). 12 Thinking the Unthinkable: An Excursion Into Z-Land. In Michael O'Rourke Corey Washington (ed.), Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. 427.
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  9. Eros Corazza & Jirdme Dokic (2007). 1. The Essence of Minimalism. In G. Preyer (ed.), Context Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism. Oxford University Press. 169.
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  10. Jérôme Dokic & Eros Corazza (2007). Sense and Insensibility: Or Where Minimalism Meets Contextualism. In G. Preyer (ed.), Context Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism. Oxford University Press. 169--193.
  11. Eros Corazza (2006). Indexicals: Philosophical Aspect. In Keith Brown (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier.
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  12. Eros Corazza (2006). Sense, Reference, and Philosophy, by Jerrold J. Katz. Disputatio.
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  13. Eros Corazza (2005). Reference and Description: The Case Against Two-Dimensionalism (Review of Scott Soames' Book). Philosophy Reviews.
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  14. Eros Corazza (2005). Review of Scott Soames, Reference and Description: The Case Against Two-Dimensionalism. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (12).
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  15. Eros Corazza (2004). Essential Indexicals and Quasi-Indicators. Journal of Semantics 21 (4):341-374.
    In this paper I shall focus on Castaneda's notion of quasi-indicators and I shall defend the following theses: (i) Essential indexicals (‘I’, ‘here’ and ‘now’) are intrinsically perspectival mechanisms of reference and, as such, they are not reducible to any other mechanism reference...
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  16. Eros Corazza (2004). Kinds of Context: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Proper Names and Indexicals. Philosophical Investigations 27 (2):158–188.
  17. Eros Corazza (2004). On Epitheths Qua Attributive Anaphors. Journal of Linguistics 41:1-32.
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  18. Eros Corazza (2004). On the Alleged Ambiguity of 'Now' and 'Here'. Synthese 138 (2):289 - 313.
    It is argued that, in order to account for examples where the indexicals `now' and `here' do not refer to the time and location of the utterance, we do not have to assume (pace Quentin Smith) that they have different characters (reference-fixing rules), governed by a single metarule or metacharacter. The traditional, the fixed character view is defended: `now' and `here' always refer to the time and location of the utterance. It is shown that when their referent does not correspond (...)
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  19. Eros Corazza (2004). On the Alleged Ambiguity of 'Here' and 'Now'. Synthese 138:289--313.
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  20. Eros Corazza (2004). Reflecting the Mind: Indexicality and Quasi-Indexicality. Oxford University Press.
    Eros Corazza presents a fascinating investigation of the role that indexicals (e.g. 'I', 'she', 'this', 'today', 'here') play in our thought. Indexicality is crucial to the understanding of such puzzling issues as the nature of the self, the nature of perception, social interaction, psychological pathologies, and psychological development. Corazza draws on work from philosophy, linguistics, and psychology to illuminate this key aspect of the relation between mind and world. By highlighting how indexical thoughts are irreducible and intrinsically perspectival, Corazza shows (...)
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  21. Eros Corazza (2003). Complex Demonstratives Qua Singular Terms. Erkenntnis 59 (2):263 - 283.
    In a recent book, Jeffrey King (King 2001) argues that complexdemonstratives, i.e., noun phrases of the form `this/that F, are not singular terms. As such,they are not devices of direct reference contributing the referent to the proposition expressed.In this essay I challenge King's position and show how a direct reference view can handle the datahe proposes in favor of the quantificational account. I argue that when a complex demonstrativecannot be interpreted as a singular term, it is best understood as a (...)
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  22. Eros Corazza (2003). Demonstratives Qua Singular Terms. Erkenntnis 59:263-283.
    In a recent book, Jeffrey King argues that complex demonstratives, i.e., noun phrases of the form 'this/that _F', are not singular terms. As such, they are not devices of direct reference contributing the referent to the proposition expressed. In this essay I challenge King's position and show how a direct reference view can handle the data he proposes in favor of the quantificational account. I argue that when a complex demonstrative cannot be interpreted as a singular term, it is best (...)
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  23. Eros Corazza (2003). Reference and Reflexivity. Mind 112 (445):171-175.
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  24. Eros Corazza (2003). Review: Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (448):734-740.
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  25. Eros Corazza (2003). Review: Reference and Reflexivity. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (445):171-175.
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  26. Eros Corazza & Mark Jago (2003). Indexicals, Fictions, and Ficta. Dialectica 52 (2):121-136.
    We defend the view that an indexical uttered by an actor works on the model of deferred reference. If it defers to a character which does not exist, it is an empty term, just as ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Ophelia’ are. The utterance in which it appears does not express a proposition and thus lacks a truth value. We advocate an ontologically parsimonious, anti-realist, position. We show how the notion of truth in our use and understanding of indexicals (and fictional names) as (...)
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  27. Eros Corazza & Mark Whitsey (2003). Indexicals, Fictions, and Ficta. Dialectica 57 (2):121–136.
    We defend the view that an indexical uttered by an actor works on the model of deferred reference. If it defers to a character which does not exist, it is an empty term, just as ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Ophelia’ are. The utterance in which it appears does not express a proposition and thus lacks a truth value. We advocate an ontologically parsimonious, anti-realist, position. We show how the notion of truth in our use and understanding of indexicals (and fictional names) as (...)
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  28. Eros Corazza (2002). Description-Names. Journal of Philosophical Logic 31 (4):313-325.
    It is argued that, contrary to appearances, description-names (e.g.: "The Roman Empire", "The Beatles", "The Holy Virgin",...) do conform to Millianism, i.e. the view that proper names are directly referential expressions, referring regardless of whether the relevant individual satisfies some associated description or not. However, description-names name and describe. Some arguments supporting this peculiarity and a logic to handle description-names are proposed. It will be shown that the best framework with which to accommodate description-names is a multiple-proposition theory, according to (...)
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  29. Eros Corazza (2002). `She' and `He': Politically Correct Pronouns. Philosophical Studies 111 (2):173 - 196.
    It is argued that the pronouns `she' and `he' are disguised complexdemonstratives of the form `that female/male'. Three theories ofcomplex demonstratives are examined and shown to be committed to theview that `s/he' turns out to be an empty term when used to refer toa hermaphrodite. A fourth theory of complex demonstratives, one thatis hermaphrodite friendly, is proposed. It maintains that complexdemonstratives such as `that female/male' and the pronoun `s/he' can succeed in referring to someone independently of his or her gender.This (...)
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  30. Eros Corazza (2002). Temporal Indexicals and Temporal Terms. Synthese 130 (3):441 - 460.
    Indexical reference is personal, ephemeral, confrontational, and executive. Hence it is not reducible to nonindexical reference to what is not confronted. Conversely, nonindexical reference is not reducible to indexical reference. (Castañeda 1989, p. 70).
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  31. Eros Corazza (2002). Who is I? 1–21 Ben Bradley/is Intrinsic Value Conditional? 23–44 Krister Bykvist/Alternative Actions and the Spirit of Consequentialism 45–68 Ken Akiba/a Deflationist Approach to Indeterminacy And. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 107:291-292.
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  32. Eros Corazza, William Fish & Jonathan Gorvett (2002). Who is I?(Indexical Reference, Answering Machine Paradox). Philosophical Studies 107 (1):1 - 21.
    Whilst it may seem strange to ask to whom "I" refers, we show that there are occasions when it is not always obvious. In demonstrating this we challenge Kaplan's assumption that the utterer, agent and referent of "I" are always the same person. We begin by presenting what we regard to be the received view about indexical reference popularized by David Kaplan in his influential 1972 "Demonstratives" before going on, in section 2, to discuss Sidelle's answering machine paradox which may (...)
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  33. Eros Corazza (1999). Washing Away Original Sinn. Dialogue 38 (04):743-.
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  34. Eros Corazza (1997). Référence directe et psychologisme. Revue Philosophique de la France Et de L'Étranger 187 (2):195 - 204.
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  35. Eros Corazza & Jerome Dokič (1995). Why is Frege's Puzzle Still Puzzling?. In. In Petr Kotatko & John Biro (eds.), Frege: Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later. Kluwer. 151--168.
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  36. Eros Corazza (1994). Perspectival Thoughts and Psychological Generalizations. Dialectica 48 (3-4):307-36.
  37. Eros Corazza & Jérôme Dokic (1993). Fiction, Counterfactuals and Truth. Grazer Philosophische Studien 45:117-123.
    An account of the evaluation of fictional discourse in terms of counterfactuals is sketched which accommodates the insights of D. Lewis and G. Evans but is not committed to the existence of possibilia on the one hand and to taking counterfactuals as barely true on the other hand. By adopting a two-step theory of evaluation which does not evaluate expressions (sentences) across possible worlds modal realism is avoided. And the use of a modified incorporation principle saying that every singular reference (...)
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  38. Eros Corazza & Jérôme Dokic (1992). On the Cognitive Significance of Indexicals. Philosophical Studies 66 (2):183 - 196.
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  39. Eros Corazza (1991). Dire «je». Dialogue 30 (1-2):51-.
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