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Single Idea 16375

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

Full Idea

The mental file framework rests on two principles: that the subject cannot entertain a singular thought about an object without possessing and exercising a mental file about it, and that this requires an acquaintance relation with the object.

Gist of Idea

Singular thoughts need a mental file, and an acquaintance relation from file to object


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 12.3)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.155

A Reaction

I'm puzzled by the case where I design and build a completely new object. I seem to assemble a file, and only bestow singularity on it towards the end. Or the singularity can just be a placeholder, referred to as 'something'. […see p.158]

Related Idea

Idea 16377 Expected acquaintance can create a thought-vehicle file, but without singular content [Recanati]