Problem of the Essential Indexical and Other Essays

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A collection of twelve essays by John Perry and two essays he co-authored, this book deals with various problems related to "self-locating beliefs": the sorts of beliefs one expresses with indexicals and demonstratives, like "I" and "this." In the early essays, Perry argues that an account of these beliefs requires us to distinguish what is believed from how it is believed, and the rest of the essays discuss various aspects and implications of that distinction and issues closely related to it. Included with such well-known essays as "Frege on Demonstratives," "The Problem of the Essential Indexical," "From Worlds to Situations," and "The Prince and the Phone Booth" are a number of important essays that have been less accessible and that discuss important aspects of Perry's views, which stem from the area of thought referred to as "Critical Referentialism" on the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. In addition, postscripts have been added to a number of the essays discussing criticisms by authors such as Gareth Evans and Robert Stalnaker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575862699
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Expanded Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Frege on Demonstratives 1
2 The Problem of the Essential Indexical 27
3 Belief and Acceptance 45
4 A Problem About Continued Belief 57
5 Castaneda on He and I 77
6 Perception, Action, and the Structure of Believing 101
7 From Worlds to Situations 125
8 Possible Worlds and Subject Matter 145
9 Circumstantial Attitudes and Benevolent Cognition 161
10 Thought Without Representation 171
11 Cognitive Significance and New Theories of Reference 189
12 The Prince and the Phone Booth: Reporting Puzzling Beliefs 207
13 Individuals in Informational and Intentional Content 233
14 Fodor and Psychological Explanation 253
15 Davidson's Sentences and Wittgenstein's Builders 271
16 Evading the Slingshot 287
17 Broadening the Mind 303
18 What Are Indexicals? 313
19 Myself and I 325
20 Reflexivity, Indexicality and Names 341
21 Rip Van Winkle and Other Characters 355
References 377
Index 385
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