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Single Idea 18429

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 9. Indexical Thought]

Full Idea

Our view on the world is not primarily a view from a perspective. Our beliefs and desires are not organized around us. They are instead organized around the world itself. Our view is a view from everywhere.

Gist of Idea

Our beliefs and desires are not organised around ourselves, but around the world


Cappelen,H/Dever,Josh (The Inessential Indexical [2013], 10)

Book Reference

Cappelen,H/Dever,J: 'The Inessential Indexical' [OUP 2013], p.180

A Reaction

Slipping in the claim that our desires are also organised around the world is not quite as persuasive as the claim about beliefs. If you want to draw a freehand straight line, focus on the far end of it. The world will guide your hand.