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The Main Bone of Contention

Kent Bach ; San Francisco State University

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APA 6th Edition
Bach, K. (2007). The Main Bone of Contention. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 3 (2), 55-58. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212
MLA 8th Edition
Bach, Kent. "The Main Bone of Contention." European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, vol. 3, no. 2, 2007, pp. 55-58. https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Bach, Kent. "The Main Bone of Contention." European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3, no. 2 (2007): 55-58. https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212
Harvard
Bach, K. (2007). 'The Main Bone of Contention', European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 3(2), pp. 55-58. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212 (Accessed 21 September 2021)
Vancouver
Bach K. The Main Bone of Contention. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy [Internet]. 2007 [cited 2021 September 21];3(2):55-58. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212
IEEE
K. Bach, "The Main Bone of Contention", European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, vol.3, no. 2, pp. 55-58, 2007. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212. [Accessed: 21 September 2021]

Abstracts
I enumerate the main disagreements between Devitt and me, and then elucidate the most fundamental one. It concerns what it takes to
refer to something. Devitt takes a liberal view on this, according to which a speaker’s having a certain object in mind and intending to refer to
it puts the hearer in a position to form singular thoughts about it. There is no requirement that the hearer have any independent access to the
object. My view is more restrictive, not allowing “reference borrowing” of the sort that Devitt apparently thinks referential uses of definite descriptions involve. For me, if the speaker has a certain object in mind and intends to refer the hearer to it, and the hearer recognizes this intention, that merely enables him to form a general thought. It does not enable him to form a singular thought about it himself.

Keywords
Attributive uses; definite descriptions; demonstratives; implicatures; referential uses

Hrčak ID: 93212

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/93212

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