Indexical Thought: The Communication Problem

François Recanati
2015 *About Oneself*   unpublished
Building on insights derived from the work of Perry, Lewis and Stalnaker, a characterization of indexical or 'de se' thoughts is offered, focusing on their limited accessibility, and positing two levels of content for them. Limited accessiblity means that indexical thoughts can only be entertained by thinkers located in the right context. This raises the communication problem : how do we communicate such thoughts across contexts ? A solution is offered, in the mental file framework. In the
more » ... mework. In the second part of the chapter, the solution is compared to those recently offered in the centred content literature.