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The edenic theory of reference

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Unnsteinsson, Elmar
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-12T12:40:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-12T12:40:44Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-21
dc.identifier.citation Elmar Unnsteinsson (2019) The edenic theory of reference, Inquiry, 62:3,267-299, DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2018.1446050
dc.identifier.issn 0020-174X
dc.identifier.issn 1502-3923 (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1979
dc.description Post-print (lokagerð höfundar)
dc.description.abstract I argue for a theory of the optimal function of the speech act of referring, called the edenic theory. First, the act of singular reference is defined directly in terms of Gricean communicative intentions. Second, I propose a doxastic constraint on the optimal performance of such acts, stating, roughly, that the speaker must not have any relevant false beliefs about the identity or distinctness of the intended object. In uttering a singular term on an occasion, on this theory, one represents oneself as not having any confused beliefs about the object to which one intends to refer. This paves the way for an intentionalist theory of reference that circumvents well-known problems, which have not been adequately addressed before in the literature.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Icelandic Research Fund [grant number 163132-051]; Irish Research Council [grant number GOIPD/2016/186].
dc.format.extent 267-299
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartofseries Inquiry;62(3)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess
dc.subject Reference
dc.subject Confusion
dc.subject Identity
dc.subject Intentionalism
dc.subject Pragmatics
dc.subject Málnotkunarfræði
dc.subject Sjálfsvitund
dc.title The edenic theory of reference
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Inquiry on 21. mar. 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0020174X.2018.1446050.
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Inquiry
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/0020174X.2018.1446050
dc.relation.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0020174X.2018.1446050
dc.contributor.department Heimspekistofnun (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department The Institute of Philosophy (UI)
dc.contributor.school Hugvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Humanities (UI)

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