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Information centrism and the nature of contexts
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (English)In: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 0004-8402, E-ISSN 1471-6828, Vol. 94, no 2, 301-314 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Information Centrism is the view that contexts consist of information that can be characterized in terms of the propositional attitudes of the conversational participants. Furthermore, it claims that this notion of context is the only one needed for linguistic theorizing about context-sensitive languages. We argue that Information Centrism is false, since it cannot account correctly for facts about truth and reference in certain cases involving indexicals and demonstratives. Consequently, contexts cannot be construed simply as collections of shared information.

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2016. Vol. 94, no 2, 301-314 p.
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context, context-sensitivity, demonstratives, indexicals, reference
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121431DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2015.1066833ISI: 000375580500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-121431DiVA: diva2:943309
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-02 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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