Fixing Reference.

Fixing Reference

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ISBN details

  • ISBN 10: 0198755619
  • ISBN 13: 9780198755616


Imogen Dickie develops an account of aboutness-fixing for thoughts about ordinary objects, and of reference-fixing for the singular terms we use to express them. Extant discussions of this topic tread a weary path through descriptivist proposals, causalist alternatives, and attempts to combine the most attractive elements of each. The account developed here is a new beginning. It starts with two basic principles, the first of which connects aboutness and truth,and the second of which connects truth and justification. These principles combine to yield a third principle connecting aboutness and justification. Dickie uses the principle to explain how therelations to objects that enable us to think about them--perceptual attention; understanding of proper names; grasp of descriptions--do their aboutness-fixing and thought-enabling work. The book includes discussions of the nature of singular thought and the relation between thought and consciousness.

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Language: en
  • Format: print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dimensions: x, 333 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Pages: 288
  • Date Published: 2015-12-03
  • Authors: Imogen Dickie