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Single Idea 16361

[catalogued under 18. Thought / B. Mechanics of Thought / 5. Mental Files]

Full Idea

The role of a mental file is precisely to treat all the information as if it concerned one and the same object, from which it derives.

Gist of Idea

A mental file treats all of its contents as concerning one object


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 4.1)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.42

A Reaction

Recanati's book focuses entirely on singular objects, but we presumably have files for properties, generalisation, groups etc. Can they only be thought about if they are reified? Maybe.