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He, he himself, he*, philosophy: this is about the question of how far pronouns like "he" can be made clear so that any confusion in the use of language is impossible. E.g. "He believes he is fat" may refer to one or two people. See also indexicality, index words, individuation, identification, self-reference, ascription, self-ascription, privileged access, self-identification.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Hector-Neri Castaneda on He/ He himself - Dictionary of Arguments

Frank I 180f
he * / himself / Castaneda: not representative of a description: "the editor knows that he* is a millionaire" - probably referring to himself, but not as editor - always different descriptions and self-identifications possible - "he*" is by no analysis eliminatable - instead we use an unanalyzed basic concept: "the unique way of referring to X as Z".

Hector-Neri Castaneda(1966b): "He": A Study on the Logic of Self-consciousness,
in : Ratio 8 (Oxford 1966), 130-157

I 207
Token(sw) of ’he* "("himself", etc) can not be replaced for their user - e.g. "Alexander believed that he* knew he* was once convinced that he* was a god.".


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Cast I
H.-N. Castaneda
Phenomeno-Logic of the I: Essays on Self-Consciousness Bloomington 1999

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994


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