I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

by Maximilian de Gaynesford
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Oxford University Press

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I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

I is perhaps the most important and the least understood of our everyday expressions. This is a constant source of philosophical confusion. Max de Gaynesford offers a remedy: he explains what this expression means. He thereby shows the way to an understanding of how we express first-personal thinking. The book thus not only resolves a key issue in philosophy of language, but promises to be of great use to people working on problems in other areas of philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199287826
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/04/2006
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

I. Questions about the Meaning of I
1. Historical Background
2. Questions of Reference
3. Questions of Expression
4. Questions of Logic
5. Interim Conclusion
II. The Meaning of I
6. Logical Character
7. Inferential Role
8. Referential Function (I)
9. Referential Function (II)
10. Expressive Use
11. Communicative Role
12. Conclusion
Appendix I: Analytic Table of Contents
Appendix II: Recurrent Terms of Art

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