Descriptive Indexicals and Epistemic Modality

Topoi 36 (1):161-170 (2017)
Katarzyna Kijania-Placek
Jagiellonian University
In this paper I argue for a non-referential interpretation of some uses of indexicals embedded under epistemic modals. The so-called descriptive uses of indexicals come in several types and it is argued that those embedded within the scope of modal operators do not require non-referential interpretation, provided the modality is interpreted as epistemic. I endeavor to show that even if we allow an epistemic interpretation of modalities, the resulting interpretation will still be inadequate as long as we retain a referential interpretation of indexicals. I then propose an analysis of descriptive indexicals that combines an epistemic interpretation of modality with a non-referential interpretation of indexicals.
Keywords Epistemic modals  Descriptive indexicals  General propositions  Non-referential interpretation  Descriptive anaphora  Wide scope hypothesis
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-015-9340-5
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