We are acquainted with ordinary things

Imogen Dickie

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To be ‘acquainted’ with a thing is to be in a position to think about it in virtue of a perceptual link, and without the use of any conceptual or descriptive way of identifying it. There are old arguments for the claim that we cannot be acquainted with ordinary material things. This chapter uses recent empirical results about perception to show how these arguments can be overturned. The chapter has three parts. The first summarizes the relevant results, the second uses these results to construct an account of acquaintance with ordinary things, and the third turns this account against objections to such proposals from claims about the possibility of perception‐based error.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Essays on Singular Thought
EditorsRobin Jeshion
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199567881
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2010


  • Acquaintance
  • Singular thought
  • Ordinary objects
  • Demonstratives


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