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Fixing Reference

Imogen Dickie


This book develops an account of aboutness-fixing for thoughts about ordinary objects, and of reference-fixing for the singular terms we use to express them. Extant discussions of this part of meta-semantics tread a weary path through descriptivist proposals, causalist alternatives, and attempts to combine the most attractive elements of each. The account developed here is a new beginning. It starts with two basic principles. The first connects aboutness and truth: a belief is about the object upon whose properties its truth or falsity depends. The second connects truth and justification: just ... More

Keywords: reference, aboutness, meta-semantics, singular term, singular thought, perceptual attention, proper name, description, justification, consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Imogen Dickie, author
University of Toronto