Shared modes of presentation

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What is it for two people to think of something under the same mode of presentation (MOP)? This has seemed a difficult question for “atomistic” theories such as the Mental Files approach or the Language of Thought hypothesis. Here I propose a simple answer. I first argue that, by parallel with the synchronic intrapersonal case, the sharing of a MOP should involve epistemic transparency between the token thoughts of the two thinkers. I then explain how shared words help bring about this transparency. Finally, I show how the account can deal with MOPs expressed using demonstratives and indexicals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-482
JournalMind & Language
Issue number4
Early online date9 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Concepts
  • Indexicals
  • Language of thought
  • Mental files
  • Modes of presentation
  • Shared thoughts


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