Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 1, 2014

François Recanati
Pages 1-11

Empty Thoughts and Vicarious Thoughts in the Mental File Framework

Mental files have a referential role—they serve to think about objects in the world—but they also have a meta-representational role: when ‘indexed’, they serve to represent how other subjects think about objects in the world. This additional, meta-representational function of files is invoked to shed light on the uses of empty singular terms in negative existentials and pseudo-singular attitude ascriptions.