New Essays on Singular Thought

Hardcover | June 26, 2010

EditorRobin Jeshion

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New Essays on Singular Thought presents ten new, specially written essays on an issue central to philosophy of mind, language, and perception: the nature of our thought about the external world. Is our thought about objects in the world always descriptive, mediated by our conceptions of those objects? Or is some of our thought somehow more direct, singular, associated more intimately with our perceptual, linguistic, and socially mediated relations to them? Leading experts in the fieldcontributing to this volume make the case for the singularity of thought and debate a broad spectrum of issues it raises, including the structure of singular thought, the role of acquaintance in perception- and communication-based reference, the semantics of fictional and mythical terms, and themerits of epistemic, cognitive, and linguistic conditions on singular thought. Their essays explore new directions for future research and will be an important resource for anyone working at the interface of semantics and mental representation.

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New Essays on Singular Thought presents ten new, specially written essays on an issue central to philosophy of mind, language, and perception: the nature of our thought about the external world. Is our thought about objects in the world always descriptive, mediated by our conceptions of those objects? Or is some of our thought somehow ...

Robin Jeshion is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567883

ISBN - 13:9780199567881

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Robin Jeshion: IntroductionI: The Structure of Singular Thought1. Kent Bach: Getting a Thing Into a Thought2. Nathan Salmon: Three Perspectives on Quantifying In3. Kenneth Taylor: On SingularityII: Conditions on Singular Thought4. Robin Jeshion: Singular Thought: Acquaintance, Semantic Instrumentalism, and Cognitivism5. Francois Recanati: Singular Thought: In Defense of AcquaintanceIII: Demonstrative and Communication-Based Reference and Thought6. John Campbell: Demonstrative Reference, the Relational View of Experience, and the Proximality Principle7. Imogen Dickie: We Are Acquainted With Ordinary Things8. Arthur Sullivan: Millian ExternalismIV: Thinking of Nothing9. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero: Fictional Singular Imaginings10. Mark Sainsbury: Intentionality Without ExoticaIndex