Abstract

An increasingly popular line of thought in both philosophy and linguistics is one that I call ‘The myth of the de se’. At the core of the myth is the following line of thought: There is a special kind of propositional attitudes: self-locating or de se attitudes. Moreover, De se attitudes pose a special challenge for our account of propositional attitudes, requiring us to amend what would otherwise be considered adequate accounts. The aim of this paper is to debunk the myth of the de se, with special focus on the most influential defence of the myth: Lewis’s claim that de se attitudes require a shift from the possible-worlds account of attitudes to the centred-worlds account.