Object-Dependent Thoughts

In Keith Brown (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier (2005)
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The theory of object-dependent singular thought is outlined and the central motivation for it, turning on the connection between thought content and truth conditions, is discussed. Some of its consequences for the epistemology of thought are noted and connections are drawn to the general doctrine of externalism about thought content. Some of the main criticisms of the object-dependent view of singular thought are outlined. Rival conceptions of singular thought are also sketched and their problems noted.

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