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Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity

Scott Soames

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145281
eISBN:
9780199833702
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145283.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In Naming and Necessity Saul Kripke undermined descriptive analyses of names by showing that names are rigid designators; thereby telling us what their meanings are not, but not what they are. In ... More


A Millian Heir Rejects the Wages of Sinn (1990) *

Nathan Salmon

in Content, Cognition, and Communication: Philosophical Papers II

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199284726
eISBN:
9780191713774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284726.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that in sharp contrast to established opinion, the linguistic evidence arising out of propositional-attitude attributions strongly supports Millianism (the doctrine that the ... More


Reflexivity (1986) *

Nathan Salmon

in Content, Cognition, and Communication: Philosophical Papers II

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199284726
eISBN:
9780191713774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284726.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter investigates three related philosophical puzzles: (1) the Richard-Soames problem: If someone believes that Hesperus outweighs Phosphorus, why does he/she not infer that there is ... More


Roads Not Taken

R. M. Sainsbury and Michael Tye

in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them: And How to Solve Them: An Originalist Theory of Concepts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695317
eISBN:
9780191738531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695317.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

This chapter reviews some theories we do not adopt: two versions of Fregeanism, and two versions of Millianism.


Millian Theories

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199261659
eISBN:
9780191603099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199261652.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins an argument against the ‘Frege-Mill dichotomy’, the assumption that names have either a descriptive sense or no sense at all. Millian theories denying that names have a sense are ... More


Et tu, ‘Brute’?

John Hawthorne and David Manley

in The Reference Book

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter considers demonstratives and proper names. It begins by arguing for a semantically unified treatment of demonstratives on which they are specific existentials (like specific indefinites ... More


Two Versions of Millianism

Scott Soames

in Analytic Philosophy in America: And Other Historical and Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160726
eISBN:
9781400850464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160726.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter offers a systematic assessment of Kit Fine’s Semantic Relationism (2007), in which he presents a “relational” version of Millianism (about names and related expressions). It compares ... More


Chapter The Easy Problem of Belief Reports

Stefano Predelli

in Contexts: Meaning, Truth, and the Use of Language

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199281732
eISBN:
9780191603204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199281734.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter defends a simple-minded solution to the problems raised by occurrences of proper names within attitude reports, with particular attention to alleged failures of the substitutivity ... More


Rigidity – Associated Arguments in Support of Theoretical Identity Statements: on their Significance and the Cost of their Philosophical Resources

LaPorte Joseph

in Rigid Designation and Theoretical Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199609208
eISBN:
9780191745027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609208.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that arguments making use of rigidity to support theoretical identity statements like ‘water = H2O’ are significant if convincing and that they are convincing. The arguments enjoy ... More


Proper Names: A Millian Account

Stefano Predelli

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book discusses the aims and consequences of the Millian theory of proper names, namely the view that proper names are devices of non-indexical, rigid, and direct reference. Its main aim is that ... More


The Sign of Four: Fictional Tellers

Stefano Predelli

in Fictional Discourse: A Radical Fictionalist Semantics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198854128
eISBN:
9780191888472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854128.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 2 lays down the general traits of the Radical Fictionalist analysis of fiction, focusing on the case of homodiegetic narrative. In particular, this chapter stresses the distinction between ... More


What “X Does Not Exist” Says About We Who Do Exist

Stephen Yablo

in The Language of Ontology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192895332
eISBN:
9780191916151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895332.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

An untruth can still be true where thus and such is concerned; no surprise there. What is perhaps surprising is that an unfalsehood can be false, when conceived as addressed to a certain subject ... More


Constraint with Restraint

Nathan Salmon

in Meanings and Other Things

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780199684939
eISBN:
9780191765230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684939.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Schiffer’s 2006 paper, “A Problem For Direct Reference Theories Of Belief Reports,” proposes a counterexample to the direct reference theorist’s analysis of belief reports. Schiffer’s argument turns ... More


Preliminaries

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter provides a general introduction to the framework adopted by the author in his presentation of Millianism. In particular, it introduces certain types of expressions, which will eventually ... More


Launching Names

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins the author’s presentation of a theory of use for proper names, consistent with the central tenets of Millian semantics. After some comments about the role of proper names within a ... More


Using Names

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter continues the presentation of the author’s views about the use of proper names, focusing on uses (‘replicating episodes’) connected with previous launchings. Accordingly, it discusses ... More


Loose Ends

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter discusses certain further questions related to the semantics and the use of proper names. Section one discusses the Millian acceptability of non-synonymous co-referential names, hints at ... More


Names and Nouns

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter and Chapter 7 discuss certain recent challenges against the Millian theory of names. Chapter 6 begins with a brief presentation of the so-called Determiner Hypothesis, and concludes that ... More


A Tale of Two Horses

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 7 continues the author’s defence of Millianism against predicativist and descriptivist challenges. It discusses so-called ‘nominal descriptivism’ and the arguments presented in its favour, ... More


The No-Name Hypothesis

Stefano Predelli

in Proper Names: A Millian Account

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198778158
eISBN:
9780191823602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 8 presents the author’s views on so-called fictional names and of the relationships between this phenomenon and Millianism. His approach is grounded on the notion that fictional names are ... More


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