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Necessary Intentionality: A Study in the Metaphysics of Aboutness

Ori Simchen

Abstract

Are words and thoughts necessarily about what they are about or are they only contingently so? This book defends the former alternative against the latter by articulating a requisite modal background and then bringing this background to bear on cognitive matters—notably the intentionality of cognitive episodes and states. The modal picture that emerges from the first two chapters is a strongly particularist approach whereby all possibilities reduce to possibilities for particular things, where the latter are determined by the natures of the particular things involved. The ensuing three chapter ... More

Keywords: intentionality, modality, de re, de dicto, essence, cognitive attitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608515.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ori Simchen, author
University of British Columbia

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