Lecture 7, 2012
“Perception, Representation, Language”
Princeton University, The Australian National University, La Trobe University
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We use sentences to make claims about how things are. Many of these claims come, in one way or another, from how our perceptual experiences represent things to be. I argue in the lecture that this tells us that very often we need sets of centered worlds (instead of sets of worlds) to capture the contents of our sentence. I review some of the implications of acknowledging this for the debate over proper names and the referential behavior of the word “water”.
Jackson, Frank. “Perception, Representation, Language.” The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy 7 (2012): 1–17. <http://www.amherstlecture.org/jackson2012/>.