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Ideas for Trenton Merricks, Michael J. Loux and Crispin Wright

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16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 3. Reference of 'I'
Maybe the word 'I' can only refer to persons [Merricks]
     Full Idea: One might say that the word 'I' can only have a person as its reference.
     From: Trenton Merricks (Objects and Persons [2003], 2.IV)
     A reaction: To infer the existence of persons from this would be to commit what I think of as the Linguistic Fallacy, of deducing ontology directly from language. We might allow (Dennett fashion) that folk categories require the fiction of persons.