chapter  VII
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Egocentric Particulars

All egocentric words can be defined in terms of "this". Thus: "I" means "The biography to which this belongs"; "here" means "The place of this"; "now" means "The time of this"; and so on. We may therefore confine our inquiry to "this". It does not seem equally feasible to take some other egocentric word as fundamental, and define "this" in terms of it. Perhaps, if we gave a name to "I-now", as opposed to "I-then", this name could replace "this"; but no word of common speech seems capable of replacing it.