The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person

2014.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever, The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First
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2014.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever, The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person, Oxford University Press, 2013, 194pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199686742. Reviewed by Tomis Kapitan, Northern Illinois University This crisp, lean, and tightly argued study deserves the attention of anyone interested in the topics of indexicality, perspective, and the first person. Those who are sympathetic with the authors' skepticism that indexical representations are essential within semantics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, or action theory will be pleased with the fresh scrutiny provided, while those partial to the indispensability of indexicals should welcome the occasion to sharpen their own views and argumentation. My prediction is that this fine book will significantly advance the debate about the place of perspective and indexicality in human thought and action.. . .

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