Readership: Scholars and advanced students in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind; linguists and psychologists
interested in philosophy.
François Recanati, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris
François Recanati is the Director of Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris. He is the author of Perspectival Thought (OUP, 2007), Truth-Conditional Pragmatics (OUP, 2010), and many other publications in the philosophy of language and mind.
"Mental Files raises some great issues and investigates some major problems with lucid and rich arguments. Hence, the book is more than worth reading, and its lucidity both induces agreement and helps at clarifying one's dissent." - Paolo Leonardi, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Part I. Singular Thought and Acquaintance : Rejecting Descriptivism
1: Singularism vs Descriptivism
2: Can Descriptivism Account for Singularity?
Part II. Introducing Files
3: Non-Descriptive Modes of Presentation as Mental Files
4: Mental Files and Identity
Part III. The Indexical Model
5: Mental Indexicals
6: Stable Files
7: The Dynamics of Files
Part IV. Mental Files and Coreference
8: The Circularity Objection [followed by Appendix]
9: Coreference De Jure: The Transitivity Objection
Part V. Epistemic Transparency
10: Slow Switching
11: Transparency and its Limits
Part VI. Beyond Acquaintance
12: Descriptive Names
13: Singular Thought without Acquaintance
Part VII : Vicarious Files
14: Mental Files in Attitude Ascription
15: Indexed Files at Work
Part VIII. The Communication of Singular Thoughts
16: Frege and the Sense of 'I'
17: Reference Through Mental Files: Indexicals and Definite Descriptions
Part IX. Conclusion
18: The Mental File Framework and Its Competitors