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Understanding 'I': Language and Thought,

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2017.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews José Bermúdez, Understanding ‘I’: Language and Thought, Oxford University Press, 2016, 160pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198796213. Reviewed by Herman Cappelen, University of Oslo, and Josh Dever, University of Texas The thesis that indexicals are in some sense ‘essential’ traces back to seminal papers by John Perry and David Lewis and is now a form of orthodoxy in philosophy (Perry 1977, 1979; Lewis 1979; for an overview of the literature see Cappelen and Dever 2013, chapter one). The thesis has its origin in the philosophy of language and mind, but the implications are assumed to stretch into all areas of philosophy: epistemology, theories of perception and of action, moral philosophy, and metaphysics. More generally, the alleged insight of essential indexicality has been taken to show that perspective — and the perspective of the first person in particular — plays an important role throughout philosophy. An. . .

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