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Communication and indexical reference
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2010 (English)In: Philosophical Studies, ISSN 0031-8116, E-ISSN 1573-0883, Vol. 149, no 3, 355-366 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the debate over what determines the reference of an indexical expression on a given occasion of use, we can distinguish between two generic positions. According to the first, the reference is determined by internal factors, such as the speaker’s intentions. According to the second, the reference is determined by external factors, like conventions or what a competent and attentive audience would take the reference to be. It has recently been argued that the first position is untenable, since there are cases of mismatch where the intuitively correct reference differs from the one that would be determined by the relevant internal factors. The aim of this paper is to show that, contrary to this line of argument, it is the proponent of the second position that should be worried, since this position yields counterintuitive consequences regarding communicative success in cases of mismatch.

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2010. Vol. 149, no 3, 355-366 p.
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Reference, Indexicals, Demonstratives, Communication, Intentions
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Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40773DOI: 10.1007/s11098-009-9347-0ISI: 000278739000006OAI: diva2:326287
Available from: 2010-06-22 Created: 2010-06-22 Last updated: 2015-07-23Bibliographically approved

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