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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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Modeling a Perspective on the World

Modeling a Perspective on the World

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(p.121) 5 Modeling a Perspective on the World
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About Oneself
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Robert Stalnaker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713265.003.0005

A defense of a thesis about self-locating attitudes that Clas Weber has labeled “Propositionalism”: to be ignorant of where in the world one is, what time it is, or who one is is always to be ignorant of what possible world is actual. The thesis is articulated in the context of David Lewis’s “centered worlds” model of self-locating or indexical attitudes. It is argued that the underlying issue concerns, not just the analysis of a distinctive kind of self-locating attitude, but the nature of intentionality. It is argued that in a sense all attitudes are self-locating since their content is explained in terms of the way the agent is situated in his or her environment.

Keywords:   self-location, indexical attitudes, propositions, perspective, centered possible worlds

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