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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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Being at the Centre

Being at the Centre

Self-location in Thought and Language

(p.246) 10 Being at the Centre
About Oneself

Clas Weber

Oxford University Press

Self-locating attitudes and assertions pose a challenge to the received view of mental and linguistic intentionality. In this chapter I try to show that the best way to meet this challenge is to adopt relativistic, centered possible world accounts for both belief and communication. In part one, I argue that assigning centered content to beliefs offers the best account of the cognitive significance of self-locating beliefs. In part two, I argue that assigning centered content to utterances offers the best explanation of the information conveyed by self-locating utterances. Together, these two claims motivate a unified, centered conception of belief and communication.

Keywords:   self-location, propositional attitudes, communication, propositions, relativism, Lewis

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