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The Indexical `I' : The First Person in Thought and Language - Ingar Brinck

The Indexical `I'

The First Person in Thought and Language

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The purpose of the book is twofold: to give a theory of reference for the indexical `I' and to explain what is involved in thinking about oneself. The first part constitutes a critique of different solutions to the problem of how `I' refers, while the second part advances a positive account of `I' and I-thoughts. It is argued that `I' refers indirectly through a de re sense that is based on non-conceptual content. `I' expresses an individual concept with two components: a de re sense and a context-independent self-concept. Other issues that are discussed concern self-knowledge, e.g. whether there is something in specific that we have to know about ourselves to be able to self-refer, and the kind of self-consciousness that is required for self-reference. Furthermore, the notions of unity of consciousness and personal identity, as they both are presupposed by a competent use of `I', are examined. Audience: The book is intended for philosophers of mind and language with a general interest in theories of reference and meaning, and more specifically in the first person, the self, and self-knowledge.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The topicp. 1
'I'p. 4
Why 'I' cannot be replaced by another indexicalp. 6
The contentp. 8
'I' Does Not Referp. 11
The non-referential thesisp. 11
Wittgenstein on 'I'p. 13
Anscombe's argumentp. 22
Immunity to error through misidentificationp. 32
The basis of the immunityp. 38
'I' Refers Directlyp. 45
The minimal thesisp. 45
Direct referencep. 47
The semantic theory of direct referencep. 50
Direct reference and rigid designationp. 52
Rigid designation and essentialismp. 59
Objections to the semantic theory of direct referencep. 68
Perry on belief and meaningp. 75
Direct reference, presemantics, and pragmaticsp. 79
Attitudes de sep. 84
Acquaintance and direct referencep. 86
'I' Refers Indirectlyp. 90
Indirect reference and definite descriptionsp. 90
Frege on 'I'p. 96
Does the individual concept conflict with publicness?p. 102
Making sense of Frege: concepts and causesp. 109
Making sense of Frege: the individual conceptp. 115
Indexicality and Non-Conceptual Contentp. 122
The basis of de re senses: non-conceptual contentp. 122
Identification-free knowledge and its foundationp. 127
Non-conceptual content and IEMp. 132
Can content be non-conceptual?p. 136
The cognitive role of de re sensesp. 140
Context-Independencep. 147
Speakers and personsp. 147
Transcending the contextp. 151
Identity over timep. 155
A view from nowhere?p. 163
Understanding 'I': conclusionp. 171
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780792347415
ISBN-10: 0792347412
Series: SYNTHESE LIBRARY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 179
Published: 31st August 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43