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Single Idea 16391

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 9. Indexical Thought]

Full Idea

Perry's newer token-reflexive framework says indexical thoughts have token-reflexive content, that is, thoughts that are about themselves and ascribe properties to themselves. …They relate not to the subject, but to the occurrence of a thought.

Gist of Idea

Indexical thoughts are about themselves, and ascribe properties to themselves


report of John Perry (Reference and Reflexivity [2001]) by François Recanati - Mental Files 18.1

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.249

A Reaction

[There seem to be four indexical theories: this one, Recanati's, the earlier Kaplan-Perry one, and Lewis's] Is Perry thinking of second-level thoughts? 'I'm bored' has the content 'boredom' plus 'felt in here'? How does 'I'm bored' refer to 'I'm bored'?

Related Idea

Idea 16364 Indexical don't refer; only their tokens do [Recanati]