Demonstratives and saliency

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Abstract

Kaplan argues for the view that demonstratives are direct reference devices on the grounds of their behavior in modal and temporal contexts. Some alternative approaches to the semantics of demonstratives have been proposed (King (2001), Roberts (2002), Elbourne (2008)) in order to cover some uses of demonstratives that Kaplan's theory cannot account for. However, King, Roberts, and Elbourne do not give a sufficient explanation of the behavior of demonstratives in modal and temporal contexts. The diagnosis of this failure is that a crucial condition is missed: demonstratives refer to the most salient object satisfying their descriptive content in a context. This condition is the essential feature which differentiates demonstratives from definite descriptions. Once this feature is taken into account, an explanation of the behavior of demonstratives follows straightforwardly.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Pagine48-67
Numero di pagine20
Volume1845
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017
Evento2017 Workshop on Contexts in Philosophy, WOC 2017 - Parigi
Durata: 6 lug 20178 lug 2017

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeCEUR WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS

Workshop

Workshop2017 Workshop on Contexts in Philosophy, WOC 2017
CittàParigi
Periodo6/7/178/7/17

Keywords

  • Direct reference theory of demonstratives
  • Saliency
  • Semantics of demonstratives

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