By Simon Prosser, François Recanati

ISBN-10: 0521198305

ISBN-13: 9780521198301

Immunity to errors via misidentification is known as an incredible characteristic of sure sorts of first-person judgments, in addition to arguably being a function of alternative indexical or demonstrative judgments. during this selection of newly commissioned essays, the members current a number of methods to it, enticing with old and empirical features of the topic in addition to modern philosophical paintings. it's the first selection of essays committed solely to the subject and may be crucial analyzing for someone drawn to philosophical paintings at the self, first-person proposal or indexical suggestion extra typically.

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27 be wrong because he has taken another object to be the one he is aiming to refer to. 7 Finally, as the case of here- and nowjudgments makes clear, it is not even the combination of immunity to error through misidentification with the impossibility of reference failure that could lead to the view that ‘I’ does not refer. For here- and nowjudgments would have both these features and yet there would be no temptation to think that ‘here’ doesn’t refer to a physical place and that ‘now’ doesn’t refer to an instant in objective time.

By contrast, psychological self-ascriptions based on occurrent sensations, perceptions, emotions, rememberings10 and thoughts are logically so. 11 Rather, what I mean is that they have systematically failed to provide an adequate explanation of it and to appreciate its philosophical significance. Hence, for instance, Peacocke himself (1999, pp. 286–9) recognises that asymmetry but then concludes that since logical immunity to error through misidentification is compatible with a genuinely referential use of ‘I’ – as the comparison with the case of demonstrative judgments shows – it can’t be a genuine source of the illusions of transcendence and, correctively, of the no-reference view.

247–8) So, we are usually asked to imagine cases of (partial) brain transplant which may not be physically possible, yet – all parties agree – are metaphysically so. 12 The problem is to explain why, despite the fact that the relevant judgments aren’t arrived at by holding in place any identification component of the form ‘I am identical to the person whose past is responsible for the memory impressions I am now having’, they are only contingently immune to error through misidentification. To put it otherwise: what is it about these judgments that makes it the case that, although they don’t depend on an identification of the subject, they remain open to the possibility – in deviant scenarios – of error through misidentification?

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