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Title: Collective de se thoughts and centered worlds
Authors: Liao, Shen-yi
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Liao, S. (2014). Collective de se thoughts and centered worlds. Ratio, 27(1), 17-31.
Series/Report no.: Ratio
Abstract: Two lines of investigation into the nature of mental content have proceeded in parallel until now. The first looks at thoughts that are attributable to collectives, such as bands’ beliefs and teams’ desires. So far, philosophers who have written on collective belief, collective intentionality, etc. have primarily focused on third-personal attributions of thoughts to collectives. The second looks at de se, or selflocating, thoughts, such as beliefs and desires that are essentially about oneself. So far, philosophers who have written on the de se have primarily focused on de se thoughts of individuals. This paper looks at where these two lines of investigations intersect: collective de se thoughts, such as bands’ and teams’ beliefs and desires that are essentially about themselves. There is a surprising problem at this intersection: the most prominent framework for modeling de se thoughts, the framework of centered worlds, cannot model a special class of collective de se thoughts. A brief survey of this problem’s solution space shows that collective de se thoughts pose a new challenge for modeling mental content.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/79766
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/20151
ISSN: 0034-0006
DOI: 10.1111/rati.12025
Rights: © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Ratio, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rati.12025].
Fulltext Permission: open
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