“Monthly Phenomenology” Talk: Joel Smith on ‘The Possibility of Communication’

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Friday 25 June 2021: Joel Smith (University of Manchester) on ‘The Possibility of Communication: Perceptual Demonstratives in the Logical Investigations’.

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Joel Smith (University of Manchester)
The Possibility of Communication: Perceptual Demonstratives in the Logical Investigations
Friday, 25 June 2021
10:15am EDT, 3:15pm GMT, 4:15pm CET

Abstract: There is a well-known puzzle as to how successful communication is possible via the use of demonstrative and indexical terms. Focussing on the case of perceptual demonstratives, I outline the puzzle and explore a distinctively Husserlian solution. Leaning primarily on the account of “occasional expressions” in Logical Investigations, but drawing also on his later work, this solution involves thinking of the senses of demonstratives as less finely individuated than is sometimes presupposed. I briefly compare this view with more familiar direct reference, and moderate Fregean alternatives.

Upcoming talk:
Matt Bower (Texas State University)
The Problem of Objectual Phenomenology
9 July 2021

Guillaume Fréchette (University of Geneva)
Alessandro Salice (University College Cork)
Hamid Taieb (Humboldt University Berlin)
Íngrid Vendrell-Ferran (Goethe University Frankfurt)

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