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Lucy O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261482.001.0001

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Perceptual Models of First‐Person Reference

Perceptual Models of First‐Person Reference

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(p.29) 3 Perceptual Models of First‐Person Reference
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Self-Knowing Agents
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Lucy O'Brien (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261482.003.0003

This chapter examines Evans's account of first-person reference and finds it unsatisfactory. It argues that to the extent that an account of first-person reference assumes that the referent of ‘I’ is fixed by perceptual information — which is the essential claim of a perceptual account — the account will be subject to the possibility of coherent and comprehending uses of ‘I’ surviving the absence or disturbance of such information. In order to block such a possibility, a tight conceptual dependence between our currently being able to refer to ourselves and our having available accurate perceptual information to identify the person we are would be needed.

Keywords:   external perceptual model, first-person reference, Evans, I

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