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An Anscombean Reference for ‘I’?

Andrew Botterell ; The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Robert J. Stainton ; The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 161 Kb

str. 343-362

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A standard reading of Anscombe’s “The First Person” takes her to argue, via reductio, that ‘I’ must be radically non-referring. Allegedly, she analogizes ‘I’ to the expletive ‘it’ in ‘It is raining’. Hence nothing need be said about Anscombe’s understanding of “the referential functioning of ‘I’”, there being no such thing. We think that this radical reading is incorrect. Given this, a pressing question arises: How does ‘I’ refer for Anscombe, and what sort of thing do users of ‘I’ refer to? We present a tentative answer which is both consistent with much of what Anscombe says, and is also empirically/philosophically defensible.

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G. E. M. Anscombe, ‘I’, persons, immunity to error through misidentifi cation, defl ated reference, The First Person

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