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I : the meaning of the first-person term

Author: Maximilian De Gaynesford
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'I' is an essential but widely misunderstood expression. Maximilian de Gaynesford offers a philosophical remedy for the resulting confusion. He explains what this expression means, what its logical form and inferential role are, and how it is used to express and communicate thoughts. On the way, he dissolves various false doctrines supporting the standard view the 'I' is pure indexical. His central claims are that
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maximilian De Gaynesford
ISBN: 0199287821 9780199287826
OCLC Number: 62762198
Description: x, 198 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Historical background --
Questions of reference --
Questions of expression --
Questions of logic --
Interim conclusion --
Logical character --
Inferential role --
Referential function (I) --
Referential function (II) --
Expressive use --
Communicative role.
Responsibility: Maximilian de Gaynesford.
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I is perhaps the most important and the least understood of our everyday expressions. This is a source of philosophical confusion. This book explains what this expression means. It shows the way to  Read more...

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[this] elegant little book... a timely and engaging intervention in the current debate about how to understand this difficult pronoun... carefully and powerfully argued * Stephen Williams, TLS * The Read more...

 
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