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About OneselfDe Se Thought and Communication$
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Manuel García-Carpintero and Stephan Torre

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713265.001.0001

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Speaking About Oneself

Speaking About Oneself

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(p.200) 8 Speaking About Oneself
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About Oneself
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Isidora Stojanovic

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713265.003.0008

This chapter argues that not only de se thought, but also de se speech, is interestingly different from other forms of thought/speech. It is shown that we have reasons to be unhappy with the mainstream Kaplanian approach to what is said, and that part of this unhappiness stems from the fact that, although de se phenomena are widely acknowledged when it comes to what we believe, what we want, and how we act, they have not received yet the special status that they deserve when it comes to how we speak. A novel approach to what is said is put forward, whose ingredients include a non-standard notion of semantic content, a Donnellanian notion of what the speaker is talking about, and a semantic account of same-saying reports.

Keywords:   what is said, same-saying, Kaplan, first-person speech, content

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