Cognitivism: a new theory of singular thought?

Sawyer, Sarah (2012) Cognitivism: a new theory of singular thought? Mind and Language, 27 (3). pp. 264-283. ISSN 0268-1064

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Abstract

In a series of recent articles, Robin Jeshion has developed a theory of singular thought which she calls ‘cognitivism’. According to Jeshion, cognitivism offers a middle path between acquaintance theories—which she takes to impose too strong a requirement on singular thought, and semantic instrumentalism—which she takes to impose too weak a requirement. In this article, I raise a series of concerns about Jeshion's theory, and suggest that the relevant data can be accommodated by a version of acquaintance theory that distinguishes unsuccessful thoughts of singular form from successful singular thoughts, and in addition allows for ‘trace-based’ acquaintance.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Sarah Sawyer
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 15:50
Last Modified: 28 May 2013 15:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38459
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