Problem of the Essential Indexical and Other Essays

Problem of the Essential Indexical and Other Essays

by John Perry
     
 

ISBN-10: 1575862697

ISBN-13: 9781575862699

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf

This book includes famous papers such as 'The Problem of the Essential Indexical' and 'Frege on Demonstratives' and 'Cognitive Significance and New Theories of Reference'; papers co-authored with Mark Crimmins ('The Prince and the Phone Booth') and David Israel ('Fodor on Psychological Explanations') and related papers on situation semantics, direct reference, and

Overview

This book includes famous papers such as 'The Problem of the Essential Indexical' and 'Frege on Demonstratives' and 'Cognitive Significance and New Theories of Reference'; papers co-authored with Mark Crimmins ('The Prince and the Phone Booth') and David Israel ('Fodor on Psychological Explanations') and related papers on situation semantics, direct reference, and the structure of belief. Perry has added 'afterwords' that discuss responses to his work by Gareth Evans, Robert Stalnaker, Barbara Partee, Howard Wettstein and others. The word 'I' is called an 'indexical' which means who it stands for depends on who says it, not just on its meaning. Other indexicals are 'you', 'here' and 'now'. Perry discusses how these words work, and why they express important philosophical thoughts. He claims that indexicals pose a challenge to traditional assumptions about language and thought, and for that reason a number of these papers sparked lively debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575862699
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1.Frege on Demonstratives3
Postscript26
2.The Problem of the Essential Indexical3
Postscript50
3.Belief and Acceptance53
Postscript65
4.A Problem About Continued Belief69
Postscript89
5.Castaneda on He and I91
6.Perception, Action, and the Structure of Believing121
7.From Worlds to Situations151
8.Possible Worlds and Subject Matter173
Postscript189
9.Circumstantial Attitudes and Benevolent Cognition193
10.Thought Without Representation205
Postscript219
11.Cognitive Significance and New Theories of Reference227
Postscript245
12.The Prince and the Phone Booth: Reporting Puzzling Beliefs249
Postscript278
13.Individuals in Informational and Intentional Content279
14.Fodor and Psychological Explanations301
References323
Index333

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