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Empty Singular Terms in the Mental-File Framework

Abstract : Mental files, in Recanati's framework, function as 'singular terms in the language of thought' ; they serve to think about objects in the world (and to store information about them). But they have a derived, metarepresentational function : they serve to represent how other subjects think about objects in the world. To account for the metarepresentational use of files, Recanati introduces the notion of an 'indexed file', i.e. a vicarious file that stands, in the subject's mind, for another subject's file about an object. Using that notion, he argues, one can provide an analysis of attitude ascriptions and the conniving use of empty singular terms.
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François Recanati. Empty Singular Terms in the Mental-File Framework. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero & Genoveva Marti. Thinking and Talking about Nothing, Oxford University Press, pp.00-00, 2013. ⟨ijn_00760429⟩



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