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Referential Zero Point
Referential Zero Point

Author(s): Miško Šuvaković, Matjaž Potrč
Subject(s): Analytic Philosophy
Published by: Fakultet za medije i komunikacije - Univerzitet Singidunum
Keywords: reference; zero point; ordinary language philosophy; phenomenology; the real as impossible; chromatic illumination

Summary/Abstract: Perhaps the most important controversy in which ordinary language philoso¬phy was involved is that of definite descriptions, presenting referential act as a community-in¬volving communication-intention endeavor, thereby opposing the direct acquaintance-based and logical proper names inspired reference aimed at securing truth conditions of referential expression. The problem of reference is that of obtaining access to the matters in the world. This access may be forthcoming through the senses, or through descriptions. A review of how the problem of reference is handled shows though that one main practice is to indulge in relations of acquaintance supporting logical proper names, demonstratives, indexicals and causal or histor¬ical chains. This testifies that the problem of reference involves the zero point, and with it phe¬nomenology of intentionality. Communication-intention is but one dimension of rich phenome¬nology that constitutes an agent’s experiential space, his experiential world. Zero point is another constitutive aspect of phenomenology involved in the referential relation. Realizing that the problem of reference is phenomenology based opens a new perspective upon the contribution of analytical philosophy in this area, reconciling it with continental approach, and demonstrating variations of the impossibility related to the real. Chromatic illumination from the cognitive background empowers the referential act, in the best tradition of ordinary language philosophy.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 13-22
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English