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François Recanati

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659982.001.0001

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Can Descriptivism Account for Singularity?

Can Descriptivism Account for Singularity?

(p.15) 2 Can Descriptivism Account for Singularity?
Mental Files

François Recanati

Oxford University Press

Various attempts to account for singular thought within a (refined) descriptivist framework are discussed and criticized. Rigidity and truth-conditional singularity can be achieved in a two-dimensional framework (with the help of actuality operators), but the relational character of reference determination keeps missing from the descriptivist picture even after the two-dimensional move. It is still missing even if we make the descriptive content token-reflexive by ‘internalizing’ the acquaintance relations and letting them be represented.

Keywords:   descriptivism, singular thought, two-dimensional semantics, rigidity, actuality operators, relational/satisfactional, internalization of acquaintance relations

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