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The ‘I’ in the Monad: Leibniz and the Essential Indexical

Eros Corazza    ILCLI, The University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, Donostia, Spain; IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain; Philosophy & Cognitive Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa ON, Canada    

Christopher Genovesi    ILCLI, The University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, Donostia, Spain    

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abstract

Some modern and contemporary philosophers argue that the first-person indexical plays an essential role in the explanation of individual actions. As such it cannot be explained away or replaced by a co-referring term without destroying the cognitive force that its use conveys. There are important aspects of Leibniz’s work that anticipate the view of the essential indexical. The activity in the monad, such as the petites perceptions and appetitions, plays the cognitive role of grounding indexical reference and uses of the first-person pronoun to explain an agent’s perspective and behaviour.

Published
Dec. 15, 2021
Accepted
Aug. 10, 2021
Submitted
July 21, 2021
Language
EN

Keywords: MemoryPerceptionsMonadPersonal identityEssential Indexical

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