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Single Idea 12149

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / b. Elements of beliefs]

Full Idea

The essential indexical is a problem for the view that belief is a relation between subjects and propositions conceived as bearers of truth and falsity.


'Indexicals' are words like 'I' and 'now', where meaning partly depends on context

Gist of Idea

Indexicals are a problem for beliefs being just subject-proposition relations


John Perry (The Problem of the Essential Indexical [1979], 'Intro')

Book Reference

'Self-Knowledge', ed/tr. Cassam,Quassim [OUP 1994], p.167

A Reaction

My immediate reaction would be that it depends on how you conceive of 'propositions'. If they are objective, you have a problem. I take them to be subjective events in brains, and the indexical meaning to be evident within the proposition.