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Single Idea 16354

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

Full Idea

Singularity and indexicality are closely related: for indexicals systematically exploit the contextual relations in which we stand to what we talk about.

Gist of Idea

Indexicality is closely related to singularity, exploiting our direct relations with things


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 2.2)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.21

A Reaction

Recanati builds a nice case that we may only have an ontology of singular objects because we conceptualise and refer to things in a particular way. He denies the ontology, but that's the bit that interests me.

Related Idea

Idea 16353 Singularity cannot be described, and it needs actual world relations [Recanati]