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Single Idea 16373

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

Full Idea

The reference of a file is the object to which the subject stands in the relevant epistemic relation. In the case of encylopedic entries there is an arbitrary number of distinct relations. The file grows new links in an opportunistic manner.

Gist of Idea

Encylopedic files have further epistemic links, beyond the basic one


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 11.3)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.140

A Reaction

I'm not convinced by Recanati's claim that encylopedic files are a distinct type. My files seem to grow these opportunistic links right from their inception. All files seem to have that feature. A file could have four links at its moment of launching.

Related Idea

Idea 16369 There is a single file per object, memorised, reactivated, consolidated and expanded [Papineau, by Recanati]