Success in Referential Communication
One of the most basic themes in the philosophy of language is referential uptake, viz., the question of what counts as properly `understanding' a referring act in communication. In this inquiry, the particular line pursued goes back to Strawson's work on re-identification, but the immediate influence is that of Gareth Evans. It is argued that traditional and recent proposals fail to account for success in referential communication. A novel account is developed, resembling Evans' account in combining an external success condition with a Fregean one. But, in contrast to Evans, greater emphasis is placed on the action-enabling side of communication. Further topics discussed include the role of mental states in accounting for communication, the impact of re-identification on the understanding of referring acts, and Donnellan's referential/attributive distinction.
Readership: Philosophers, cognitive scientists and semanticists.
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CHARACTERIZING REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
1 An Intuitive Characterization of Referential Communication
2 Reference to Particulars
3 Referring Expressions
MENTAL STATES IN REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
2 The Synchronic Features of Ideas
3 The Diachronic Features of Ideas and Donnellans Distinction
REIDENTIFICATION IN REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
13 A Meinongean Defense
2 Fregean Accounts of Communicative Success
21 The Problem of Diversity
22 The Similarity Strategy and Why it Fails
EVANS ACCOUNT OF SUCCESS IN REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
1 Genuine and Quasi Referential Communication
2 The Argument from Understanding
3 Evans Argument from Unity
1 Models of ReIdentification in Referential Communication
2 Is ReIdentification Required for Communicative Success?
3 Does it Matter How ReIdentification Gets Established?
ACCOUNTING FOR MENTAL REFERENCE
1 Satisfactional Accounts of Mental Reference
2 Causal Accounts of Mental Reference
3 Hybrid Accounts of Mental Reference
TRADITIONAL ACCOUNTS OF SUCCESS IN REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
1 ObjectDependent Accounts of Communicative Success
11 The Problem of Communicative Failure Despite Sameness in Reference
12 The Problem of Communicative Success without Reference
A NEW ACCOUNT OF SUCCESS IN REFERENTIAL COMMUNICATION
1 External Success in Referential Communication
12 Agents Relating to Practices of ObjectPretence
2 Entertaining the Right Modes of Presentation in Referential Communication
21 Evans and Recanatis Success Conditions
22 An ActionBased Success Condition
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