Philosophy Department Colloquium: Léa Salje (Leeds)
Here is a seemingly true claim: uses of the first person concept systematically refer to their thinkers. Here is another: nothing outside this rule is ordinarily needed to settle questions of reference assignment for first person thought. As a result of these platitudes, the question who a given first person thought refers to almost never comes up. In this talk, Léa considers the extraordinary conditions of use of the first person concept in which it does. What follows (she will argue) is a surprising kind of referential indeterminacy in our uses of the first person concept that is normally kept out of sight by the ordinariness of the conditions of thought.