Shared modes of presentation

Mind and Language (forthcoming)
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Simon Prosser
University of St. Andrews
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What is it for two people to think of an object, natural kind or other entity under the same mode of presentation (MOP)? This has seemed a particularly difficult question for advocates of the Mental Files approach, the Language of Thought, or other ‘atomistic’ theories. In this paper I propose a simple answer. I first argue that, by parallel with the synchronic intrapersonal case, the sharing of a MOP should involve a certain kind of epistemic transparency between the token thoughts of the two thinkers. I then explain how shared words help bring about this transparency. Finally, I show how this account can be extended for thoughts expressed using demonstratives or indexicals.
Keywords concepts  indexicals  language of thought  mental files  modes of presentation  shared thoughts
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12219
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Why Are Indexicals Essential?Simon James Prosser - 2015 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115 (3pt3):211-233.
The Metaphysics of Mental Files.Simon Prosser - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

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