• Francesco OriliaEmail author
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 113)


In this chapter we shall see the account of indexicals provided by CD. As regards these, CD proposes a story very similar to the one submitted above for proper names. Indexicals such as “I”, “here”, “now”, “this” are in the first place general terms with very generic peculiar properties as their linguistic meanings (and can thus be considered indexical predicates). Thus, for example, “here” has the property |here| as linguistic meaning. Moreover, when indexical tokens are used as indexicals they are used as determiner phrases. In particular, if they are used as singular indexicals, and thus as singular terms, they are used as truncated incomplete definite descriptions.


Singular Term Salient Object Indexical Property Definite Description Linguistic Meaning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipto. di Filosofia e Scienze UmaneUniversità di MacerataMacerataItaly

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