A serpent in the garden?

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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This paper presents Elmar Unnsteinsson’s novel theory of Edenic Intentionalism, on which a speaker cannot refer to an object when the speaker is relevantly confused about its identity. A challenge to the theory is presented and several possible responses considered. The challenge is this: According to Edenic Intentionalism, reference often fails even when speakers seem to refer successfully. Elmar therefore supplements Edenic Intentionalism with an explanation of how communication can succeed without reference. If such an explanation is available, it isn’t clear what need there is for Edenic Intentionalism.

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Mark Bowker
Lund University


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