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May 13, 2019: Marta Abrusan: The Spectrum of Perspective Shift

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Seminars of Philosophy of Perception, Mind, and Language — Winter session, 2018


Marta Abrusan (Institut Jean-Nicod)

The Spectrum of Perspective Shift: Protagonist Projection vs. Free Indirect Discourse

May 13, 2019: h.

Seminars Room, Department of Philosophy, Icehouse Courtyard, roof, Via Festa del Perdono 3, Milan


In this talk I examine a little studied type of perspective shift that I call protagonist projection (PP), following Holton (1997). (Other names for what is arguably the same phenomenon include non-reflective conscioussness, represented perception, viewpoint shift, etc.) PP is a way of describing the mental state of a protagonist that conveys, to some extent, her perspective. Similarly to its better known cousin, free indirect discourse (FID), the shift in perspective is achieved without an overt operator. Unlike FID, PP is not based on a presumed (possibly silent) speech-act of a protagonist. Rather, it gives a linguistic form to pre-verbal perceptual content, sensations, feelings or implicit beliefs. I propose to analyse PP in a bi-contextual framework, extending Eckardt’s (2014) approach to FID. Under the resulting analysis, FID and PP are two instances of a more general category of perspective shift.

The Lecture will be held in English.
Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

13 May 2019
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