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I: The Meaning of the First Person Term$
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Maximilian de Gaynesford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287821.001.0001

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Inferential Role

Inferential Role

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(p.97) 7 Inferential Role
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I: The Meaning of the First Person Term
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Maximilian de Gaynesford (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199287821.003.0008

The inferential role of I is irreducibly deictic. The inferential roles of singular terms are distinguished by appeal to the different mechanisms required to guarantee co-reference in a knowledge-advancing way. Co-typicality is insufficient for variant terms. Anaphoric structures are insufficient for I and other terms used deictically; they depend on identity-judgements and keeping track. The inferential role of I and other deictic terms is irreducibly deictic: it is by singling out individuals made salient in the extra-sentential environment that their uses contribute systematically to what entails what.

Keywords:   deictic term, inferential role, anaphora, salience, co-reference, co-typicality, identity-judgements, keeping track, Brandom, singular personal pronouns

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