The Mental Files Theory of Singular Thought: A Psychological Perspective

In Rachel Goodman, James Genone & Nick Kroll (eds.), Singular Thought and Mental Files. New York, NY, United States of America: Oxford University Press. pp. 107-142 (2020)
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Abstract

We argue that the most ambitious version of the mental files theory of singular thought, according to which mental files are a wide-ranging psychological natural kind underlying all and only singular thinking, is unsupported by the available psychological data. Nevertheless, critical examination of the theory from a psychological perspective opens up promising avenues for research, especially concerning the relationship between our perceptual capacity to individuate and track basic individuals, and our higher level capacities for singular thought.

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Joulia Smortchkova
University Of Oxford
Brent Strickland
Institut Jean Nicod
Michael Murez
Université de Nantes

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