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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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Varieties of Centering and De Se Communication

Varieties of Centering and De Se Communication

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(p.307) 12 Varieties of Centering and De Se Communication
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About Oneself
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Dirk Kindermann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713265.003.0012

There has recently been a wave of attempts to make sense of the role of de se thoughts in a linguistic communication. A majority of the attempts assume a Perryan or Lewisian view of self-location. Views with these assumptions come in four varieties: uncentering (Egan, Kölbel, Moss); recentering (Heim, Weber); multicentering (Kindermann, Ninan, Torre), and no centering (Kaplan, Perry). This chapter argues that, against common assumption, there is no real choice to make between the views. By showing that attempts to establish an advantage for some view over the others fail across the board, the case is made for neutralism regarding the varieties of centering—the claim that coverage of the empirical data is exactly the same for each view, and that the views are broadly equal in simplicity and elegance.

Keywords:   de se, self-location, communication, centering, multicentering, neutralism, Kaplan, Lewis, Perry

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