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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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Indexical Thought

Indexical Thought

The Communication Problem

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About Oneself

François Recanati

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds on insights derived from the work of Perry, Lewis, and Stalnaker. It offers a characterization of indexical or ‘de se’ thoughts, focusing on their limited accessibility and positing two levels of content for them. Limited accessibility means that indexical thoughts can only be entertained by thinkers who are located in the right context and bear the right relations to the entities talked about. This raises the communication problem: how do we communicate such thoughts across contexts? A solution is offered, in the mental file framework. In the second part of the chapter, the solution is compared to those recently offered in the centred content literature.

Keywords:   indexicality, de se thought, mental files, communication, centred content, Perry, Lewis, Stalnaker

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