The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person

Paperback | January 3, 2016

byHerman Cappelen, Josh Dever

not yet rated|write a review
When we represent the world in language, in thought, or in perception, we often represent it from a perspective. We say and think that the meeting is happening now, that it is hot here, that I am in danger and not you; that the tree looks larger from my perspective than from yours. TheInessential Indexical is an exploration and defense of the view that perspectivality is a philosophically shallow aspect of the world. Cappelen and Dever oppose one of the most entrenched and dominant trends in contemporary philosophy: that perspective (and the perspective of the first person inparticular) is philosophically deep and that a proper understanding of it is important not just in the philosophies of language and mind, but throughout philosophy. They argue that there are no such things as essential indexicality, irreducibly de se attitudes, or self-locating attitudes. Their goalis not to show that we need to rethink these phenomena, to explain them in different ways. Their goal is to show that the entire topic is an illusion - there's nothing there. The Context and Content series is a forum for outstanding original research at the intersection of philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science. The general editor is Francois Recanati (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris).

Pricing and Purchase Info

$31.87 online
$33.95 list price (save 6%)
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

When we represent the world in language, in thought, or in perception, we often represent it from a perspective. We say and think that the meeting is happening now, that it is hot here, that I am in danger and not you; that the tree looks larger from my perspective than from yours. TheInessential Indexical is an exploration and defense...

Herman Cappelen is a professor of philosophy at the University of St Andrews, where he works at the Arche Philosophical Research Centre. He works in philosophy of language, philosophical methodology and related areas of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. He is the author of many papers and four books: Insensitive Seman...

other books by Herman Cappelen

Context and Communication
Context and Communication

Kobo ebook|Apr 7 2016

$28.99

Liberating Content
Liberating Content

Hardcover|Jan 2 2016

$84.00

see all books by Herman Cappelen
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:January 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198748167

ISBN - 13:9780198748168

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

1. Introductory Overview: The Role of Indexicality, Perspective and the De Se in Philosophy2. Preliminaries: Language-Mind, Super Indexicals, and Opacity3. Indexicality, the De Se, and Agency4. Indexicality, Opacity, and Fregeanism5. Lewis on the De Se, Self-Ascription, and Centered Worlds6. Functionalism to the Rescue?7. Indexicality and Immunity to Error8. A Brief Note on Perceptual Content and the De Se9. The De Se and the Semantics of PRO Constructions10. The View From Everywhere

Editorial Reviews

"This crisp, lean, and tightly argued study deserves the attention of anyone interested in the topics of indexicality, perspective, and the first person . . . My prediction is that this fine book will significantly advance the debate about the place of perspective and indexicality in humanthought and action." --Tomis Kapitan, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews