Self-ascription and the de se

Synthese 197 (5):2039-2050 (2020)
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This paper defends Lewis’ influential treatment of de se attitudes from recent criticism to the effect that a key explanatory notion—self-ascription—goes unexplained. It is shown that Lewis’ treatment can be reconstructed in a way which provides clear responses. This sheds light on the explanatory ambitions of those engaged in Lewis’ project.

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James Openshaw
Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes

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