Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

James Higginbotham (University of Southern California)

Spring 2011 Colloquium Series

Fri, February 18, 2011 | WAG 316

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Indexical Embedding 


In this talk I will survey a number of phenomena that show a sensitivity of indexical 

expressions to embedding. These have sometimes been diagnosed as "monsters" in the technical 

sense of David Kaplan; but I shall, as in published and forthcoming work, interpret them as 

anaphoric phenomena of a special kind, of which the canonical example is Sequence of Tense. 

Of particular interest is the "de se" so-called, where I will take issue with the point of view 

derived from the important work of David Lewis. I will also consider some distinctions within 

that category itself, and, contrary to Lewis, argue for a robust sense of de re belief and desire. On 

the side of comparative semantics, examples from Korean, Scots English, and elsewhere in the 

literature will underscore the variety of parametric differences available cross-linguistically. 


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