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Singular Thought and Mental Files

Rachel Goodman, James Genone, and Nick Kroll


Coinciding with recognition of the need for more clarity about the notion of singular (or de re) thought, there has been a surge of interest in the notion of a mental file as a way to understand what is distinctive about singular thought. But what isn’t always clear is what mental files are meant to be, and why we should believe that thoughts that employ them are singular (as opposed to descriptive). In order to make progress on these questions, this volume brings together original papers by leading scholars on singular thought, mental files, and the relationship between the two, as well as an ... More

Keywords: singular thought, mental files, de jure coreference, de re thought, reference, acquaintance, proper names, attitude ascriptions

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746881
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198746881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Goodman, editor
University of Illinois-Chicago

James Genone, editor
Minerva Schools at KGI

Nick Kroll, editor
Franklin and Marshall College

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1 Singular Thought and Mental Files

Rachel Goodman and James Genone

Part I The Nature of Singular Thought

Part II The Mental Files Conception of Singular Thought

6 The Mental Files Theory of Singular Thought

Michael Murez, Joulia Smortchkova, and Brent Strickland

7 Singular Thoughts

John Perry

Part III Mental Files and De Jure Coreference

8 Coreference De Jure

François Recanati

Part IV Criticisms of the File Framework

11 Cognitive Focus

Imogen Dickie

End Matter