Event Date: 19 November 2012
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
The Aristotelian Society presents:
Professor Guy Longworth (Warwick) – Sharing Thoughts About Oneself
This paper is about first-person thoughts—thoughts about oneself that are expressible through uses of first-person pronouns (e.g. “I”). It is widely held that first-person thoughts cannot be shared. My aim is to postpone rejection of the more natural view that such thoughts about oneself can be shared. I sketch an account on which such thoughts can be shared and indicate some ways in which deciding the fate of the account will depend upon further work.
Guy Longworth is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on the nature of linguistic understanding and its role in the communication of knowledge. He has also written on testimony, generative linguistics, and the work of J. L. Austin.