Direct reference : from language to thought by Francois Recanati PDF

By Francois Recanati

ISBN-10: 0631181547

ISBN-13: 9780631181545

ISBN-10: 0631206345

ISBN-13: 9780631206347

During this publication Professor Recanati units out to safeguard and systematize the much-discussed 'theory of Direct Reference', in keeping with which the contribution made by means of a referential time period (e.g. a formal identify or demonstrative) to the proposition expressed by means of the sentence the place it happens is its reference. to house the objections regularly levelled opposed to the idea he places ahead a normal account of de re thoughts Read more...

summary: during this ebook Professor Recanati units out to protect and systematize the much-discussed 'theory of Direct Reference', in line with which the contribution made by means of a referential time period (e.g. a formal identify or demonstrative) to the proposition expressed by way of the sentence the place it happens is its reference. to house the objections regularly levelled opposed to the speculation he places ahead a common account of de re options and their conversation which blends insights from either the Fregean and the Russellian traditions. within the moment a part of the publication fresh advances in pragmatics are offered and used to make clear the referential/attributive contrast (with appreciate to either certain descriptions and indexicals) and trust studies. New remedies of a few of the key issues within the philosophy of brain and language are provided alongside the best way

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However, following Donnellan, I shall argue in chap­ ter 15 that a description can be used referentially, so as to express a singular proposition, with the reference of the description as a constituent; the individual concept expressed by the description, in such a case, is external to the proposition expressed. This, I will try to show, is entirely a matter of context, of utterance meaning as opposed to sentence meaning: no feature REF is involved at the level of sentence meaning to impose the referential reading of the descrip­ tion.

5. 1 for an elaboration of this distinction. See Lockwood, 1975 , p. 485. A similar view was put forward in Recanati, 1 9 8 1a, pp. 627 -628 . Note that the second clause entails the first one (because o f the factiviry of 'know'). The definition could thus be reformulated with only the second clause. De re communication 24 1 3 The definition, o f course, must also b e modified s o a s t o take index­ icality into account. (TR) below, contrary to (R) and (RR), works for indexical as well as for non-indexical expressions.

Table 1 Referential terms Non-referential terms Character Mode of presentation Mode of presentation Content Reference Mode of presentation Reference Reference (utterance) (world) Singular propositions and thoughts 31 Kaplan has devised an operator, DTHAT, which prevents the mode of presentation of the reference from going into the content, in such a way that the content of an expression within the scope of DTHAT can only be its reference. REF does exactly the same job as DTHAT; the difference between them is simply that I take REF to be a semantic feature of natural language while DTHAT is an operator in an artificial language .

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