I: The Meaning Of The First Person Term

Hardcover | March 2, 2006

byMaximilian de Gaynesford

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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, its logical form and its inferential role. He thereby shows the way to anunderstanding of how we express first-personal thinking. He dissolves various myths about how I refers, to the effect that it is a pure indexical. His central claim is that the key to understanding I is that it is the same kind of expression as the other singular personal pronouns, you and he/she:a deictic term, whose reference depends on making an individual salient. He addresses epistemological questions as well as semantic questions, and shows how they interrelate. 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.

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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, its logical form and its inferential role. He thereby shows the way to anunderstanding of how we express first-personal ...

Maximilian de Gaynesford is at College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:March 2, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199287821

ISBN - 13:9780199287826

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Table of Contents

I. Questions about the Meaning of I1. Historical Background2. Questions of Reference3. Questions of Expression4. Questions of Logic5. Interim ConclusionII. The Meaning of I6. Logical Character7. Inferential Role8. Referential Function (I)9. Referential Function (II)10. Expressive Use11. Communicative Role12. ConclusionAppendix I: Analytic Table of ContentsAppendix II: Recurrent Terms of Art