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Here is a summary of the review:

‘This is a brave and fascinating book in terms of how it takes on a long-standing and largely unchallenged tradition. The book succeeds in its stated aim to show that arguments put forward in favour of essential indexicality are often shallow, border on the rhetorical, and that the notion of “perspective” probably has little philosophical mileage . . . a positive synthetic vision [is] beautifully articulated in the final chapter . . . according to which “all information is objective information and is used indifferently as such”: our “view of the world is not primarily a view from a perspective” ; “our beliefs and desires are ‘organized around the world’ rather than ‘around us’…”.’ (by W. Hinzen)