Shared modes of presentation
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What is it for two people to think of something under the same mode of presentation (MOP)? This has seemed a difficult question for “atomistic” theories such as the Mental Files approach or the Language of Thought hypothesis. Here I propose a simple answer. I first argue that, by parallel with the synchronic intrapersonal case, the sharing of a MOP should involve epistemic transparency between the token thoughts of the two thinkers. I then explain how shared words help bring about this transparency. Finally, I show how the account can deal with MOPs expressed using demonstratives and indexicals.
Prosser , S 2019 , ' Shared modes of presentation ' , Mind & Language , vol. 34 , no. 4 , pp. 465-482 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12219
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