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The Meaning of the First Person Term

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I by Maximilian de Gaynesford

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I is perhaps the most important and the least understood of our everyday expressions. This is a constant source of philosophical confusion. Max de Gaynesford offers a remedy: he explains what this expression means, its logical form and its inferential role. He thereby shows the way to an understanding of how we express first-personal thinking. He dissolves various myths about how I refers, to the effect that it is a pure indexical. His central claim is that the key to understanding I is that it is the same kind of expression as the other singular personal pronouns, you and he/she: a deictic term, whose reference depends on making an individual salient. He addresses epistemological questions as well as semantic questions, and shows how they interrelate. The book thus not only resolves a key issue in philosophy of language, but promises to be of great use to people working on problems in other areas of philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199287826
ISBN-10: 0199287821
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 162mm x 17mm)
Pages: 212
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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