Reflecting the Mind: Indexicality and Quasi-Indexicality

Hardcover | September 30, 2004

byEros Corazza

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Eros Corazza presents a fascinating investigation of the role that indexicals (e.g. 'I', 'she', 'this', 'today', 'here') play in our thought. Indexicality is crucial to the understanding of such puzzling issues as the nature of the self, the nature of perception, social interaction,psychological pathologies, and psychological development. Corazza draws on work from philosophy, linguistics, and psychology to illuminate this key aspect of the relation between mind and world. By highlighting how indexical thoughts are irreducible and intrinsically perspectival, Corazza shows how we can depict someone else's indexical thought from a third-person perspective. The phenomenon of quasi-indexicality is introduced here: to represent Jane saying, "I am prosperous", we use whatCastaneda termed a quasi-indicator in a report of the form "Jane said that she (herself) is prosperous". Corazza argues that quasi-indicators play such an important role in our linguistic, social, and psychological life that they have a cognitive primacy over other mechanisms of reference.Quasi-indexicality also emerges as a key notion when we come to consider our ability to understand other minds. Corazza argues that indexicality and quasi-indexicality are two sides of the same coin, best understood within the framework of direct reference.

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Eros Corazza presents a fascinating investigation of the role that indexicals (e.g. 'I', 'she', 'this', 'today', 'here') play in our thought. Indexicality is crucial to the understanding of such puzzling issues as the nature of the self, the nature of perception, social interaction,psychological pathologies, and psychological developme...

Eros Corazza is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.08 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019927018X

ISBN - 13:9780199270187

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Table of Contents

1. Language and Context2. Thought and Context3. A Multiple-Propositions Approach4. Demonstratives, Pure Indexicals, and Essential Indexicals5. The First Person Pronoun6. Perspectival Thoughts and Psychological Explanation7. Empathy, Imagination, and Reports8. Anaphora, Logophoricity, and Quasi-Indexicality9. Quasi-Indexicality and Puzzling Reports