Mental Files in Flux by Francois RecanatiMental Files in Flux by Francois Recanati

Mental Files in Flux

byFrancois Recanati

Hardcover | December 31, 2016

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Francois Recanati has pioneered the "mental file" framework for thinking about concepts and how we refer to the world in thought and language. Mental files are based on "epistemically rewarding" relations to objects in the environment. Standing in such relations to objects puts the subject in a position to gain information regarding them. The information thus gained goes into the file based on the relevant relation. Files do not merelystore information about objects, however, they refer to them and serve as singular terms in the language of thought, with a relational (nondescriptivist) semantics. In this framework, the reference of linguistic expressions is inherited from that of the files we associate with them. Crucially, filesalso play the role of "modes of presentation". They are used to account for cognitive significance phenomena illustrated by so-called "Frege cases".In this new volume, Recanati considers what happens to mental files in a dynamic setting. Mental files are construed as both continuants (dynamic files) and as time-slices thereof (static files). Dynamic files are needed to account for confusion, recognition and tracking. Mental Files in Fluxconsiders what happens to the relation of coreference de jure, central to the functional characterization of files, when one adopts a dynamic perspective. Only a weak form of coreference de jure is said to hold between stages of the same dynamic file. The second part of the book argues thatcommunication involves interpersonal dynamic files. Special attention is paid to the communication of indexical thoughts (de se contents) and communication using proper names.
Francois Recanati received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris 1 (Sorbonne) in the late seventies and has been a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris ever since. In addition, he is a Professorial Fellow at Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, and the Director of Institut Jean-N...
Title:Mental Files in FluxFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019879035X

ISBN - 13:9780198790358

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Coreference de jure and the flow of information1. Coreference de jure in the mental file framework2. Factivity, transparency, and weak coreference de jure3. Transitivity and strong coreference de jure4. Coreference de jure and sentence grammar5. Cognitive dynamicsPart 2: Interpersonal coordination of mental files6. Indexical thought7. Communication across contexts8. Dynamic files in communicationAppendix: Communication with centred contents: a survey