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The Communication Desideratum and Theories of Indexical Reference
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Mind and language, ISSN 0268-1064, E-ISSN 1468-0017, Vol. 30, no 4, 474-499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to the communication desideratum (CD), a notion of semantic content must be adequately related to communication. In the recent debate on indexical reference, (CD) has been invoked in arguments against the view that intentions determine the semantic content of indexicals and demonstratives (intentionalism). In this article, I argue that the interpretations of (CD) that these arguments rely on are questionable, and suggest an alternative interpretation, which is compatible with (strong) intentionalism. Moreover, I suggest an approach that combines elements of intentionalism with other subjectivist approaches, and discuss the role of intuitions in developing and evaluating theories of indexical reference.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 4, 474-499 p.
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indexicals, semantics, communication, intentions, reference, meaning
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Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120238DOI: 10.1111/mila.12087ISI: 000360742200004OAI: diva2:850997
Mental States and Utterance Content
Swedish Research Council, 435-2010-454Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1542European Science Foundation (ESF), 10-EuroUnderstanding-FP-033, CCCOMEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7/2007-2013/ERC, 229 441-CCC
Available from: 2015-09-03 Created: 2015-09-03 Last updated: 2015-10-02Bibliographically approved

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