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Single Idea 16355

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 4. Descriptive Reference / b. Reference by description]

Full Idea

Three problems with Frege's idea of descriptions in the head are: reference through perception, reference through communicative chains, and reference through indexicals.

Gist of Idea

Problems with descriptivism are reference by perception, by communications and by indexicals


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 3.1)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.29

A Reaction

In the end reference has to occur in the head, even if it is social or causal or whatever, so these are not problems that worry me.

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