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Millikan, Ruth
 
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Context/Context Dependence I 213
Intentional context/says that/believes that/belief attribution/Millikan:
1. Method: to ask: what characteristics of expressions must be preserved during the translation from direct to indirect speech.
E.g. translation of "John said p" to "John said that q".
Millikan: thesis: the rule will be to get the reference, no matter what expression must be used.
Problem: when a descriptive expression needs to be translated. Then the relational meaning must also be preserved.
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I 214
2. Method: every indexical expression token in intentional contexts should be read as a shifted (i.e., normal!) adapted referent from the current context, not from the original context.

Millk I
R. G. Millikan
Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism Cambridge 1987


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