This paper is entirely collaborative.
Indexicality and The Answering Machine Paradox†
Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Author. Philosophy Compass © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 8, Issue 6, pages 580–592, June 2013
How to Cite
Cohen, J. and Michaelson, E. (2013), Indexicality and The Answering Machine Paradox. Philosophy Compass, 8: 580–592. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12039
- Issue online: 6 JUN 2013
- Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2013
Answering machines and other types of recording devices present prima facie problems for traditional theories of the meaning of indexicals. The present essay explores a range of semantic and pragmatic responses to these issues. Careful attention to the difficulties posed by recordings promises to help enlighten the boundaries between semantics and pragmatics more broadly.