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Philosophy of language seminar on Pluralism - Palmira on pluralism on singular thought

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8 Apr 2015 15:00
8 Apr 2015 18:00
Europe/Rome

Michele Palmira (CRÉ -McGill University) will give a talk on pluralism on singular thought

Abstract

This paper argues for a pluralist theory of singular thought whose main contention is that different types of singular thought are governed by different norms. The case for pluralism will rest on the following grounds. First, two different types of singular thoughts will be identified: namely, singular thoughts about concreta and singular thoughts about abstracta. Secondly, it will be contended that monistic approaches to singular thought, which roughly maintain that singular thought functions the same in all its instances, are unable to account for these two distinct types at once. Thirdly, it will be articulated a specific version of pluralism to the effect that singular thoughts about concreta are governed by an epistemic norm while those about abstracta are governed by a semantic norm.

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