Mental Files

Oxford University Press (2012)

Authors
Francois Recanati
Institut Jean Nicod
Abstract
Over the past fifty years the philosophy of language and mind has been dominated by a nondescriptivist approach to content and reference. This book attempts to recast and systematize that approach by offering an indexical model in terms of mental files. According to Recanati, we refer through mental files, the function of which is to store information derived through certain types of contextual relation the subject bears to objects in his or her environment. The reference of a file is determined relationally, not satisfactionally, so a file is not to be equated to the body of (mis-)information it contains. Mental files are the mental equivalent of singular terms, and the reference of linguistic expressions is inherited from that of the files we associate with them. On this approach, mental files, the vehicles of singular thought, do all the work of so-called 'modes of presentation' in Fregean and neo-Russellian theories.
Keywords Thought and thinking  Reference (Philosophy  Reference (Linguistics  Language and languages Philosophy  Philosophy of mind
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Call number P325.5.R44.R384 2012
ISBN(s) 9780199659982     0199659982   9780199659999
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