XII - Why are indexicals essential?

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Abstract

Despite recent challenges, it is commonly held that certain indexical terms such as ‘I', ‘here’ and ‘now’ have a necessary or ‘essential’ role in certain kinds of action. I argue that this is correct, and I offer an explanation. A use of an indexical term of the kind in question connotes a specific relation between the thinking subject and the reference of the indexical. The mental representation of this relation has an epistemic feature that I call first-person redundancy. I show through a regress argument that a mental state of this kind is essential for common kinds of action, and perhaps for all actions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-233
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Volume115
Issue number3 pt 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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