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The Problem with Token-Reflexivity

Stefano Predelli
Synthese
Vol. 148, No. 1 (Jan., 2006), pp. 5-29
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20118678
Page Count: 25
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The Problem with Token-Reflexivity
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Abstract

This essay presents an argument against the token-reflexive approach to the semantics for indexical languages. After some preliminary remarks in section one, sections two and three explain why some traditional arguments against token-reflexivity are ultimately ineffective. Section four puts forth a more persuasive argument, to the effect that token-reflexive views overgenerate with respect to results of analyticity. However, as section five explains, defenders of the alternative, type-oriented view have all too often wasted the advantage offered by their approach: the unmotivated, independent restriction of semantic evaluation to so-called 'proper' indexes is responsible for undesirable conclusions, similar to those to which token- reflexive theorists are committed.

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