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Singular Thought: In Defence of Acquaintance

By François Recanati

Abstract

This paper is about the Descriptivism/Singularism debate, which has loomed large in 20-century philosophy of language and mind. My aim is to defend Singularism by showing, first, that it is a better and more promising view than even the most sophisticated versions of Descriptivism, and second, that the recent objections to Singularism (based on a dismissal of the acquaintance constraint on singular thought) miss their target

Topics: [SHS.PHIL.MIND] Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy/domain_shs.phil.mind, [SHS.LANGUE.SEMANTICS] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics/domain_shs.langue.semantics, [SHS.PHIL.LANGUAGE] Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy/domain_shs.phil.language, [SCCO.COGDYNAMICS] Cognitive science/domain_scco.cogdynamics
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:ijn_00352830v1

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