Singular Thought and Mental Files

New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press (2020)
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The notion of singular (or de re) thought has become central in philosophy of mind and language, yet there is still little consensus concerning the best way to think about the nature of singular thought. Coinciding with recognition of the need for more clarity about the notion, there has been a surge of interest in the concept of a mental file as a way to understand what is distinctive about singular thought. What isn't always clear, however, is what mental files are meant to be, and why we should believe that thoughts that employ them are singular as opposed to descriptive. This volume brings together original chapters by leading scholars which aim to examine and evaluate the viability of the mental files framework for theorizing about singular thought.

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James Genone
Minerva Project
Nick Kroll
Franklin and Marshall College
Rachel Goodman
University of Chicago (PhD)

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