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Wilfrid Sellars’s Anti-Descriptivism

Kevin Scharp

in Categories of Being: Essays on Metaphysics and Logic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199890576
eISBN:
9780199980031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890576.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The work of Kripke, Putnam, Kaplan, and others initiated a tradition that has come to be known as anti-descriptivism. This chapter argues that when properly interpreted, Sellars is a staunch ... More


Roads to Reference: An Essay on Reference Fixing in Natural Language

Mario Gómez-Torrente

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198846277
eISBN:
9780191881404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846277.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

How is it that words (such as “Aristotle”) come to stand for the things they stand for (such as Aristotle)? Is the thing that a word stands for, its reference, fully identified or described by ... More


Proper Names and Referential Indeterminacy

Mario Gómez-Torrente

in Roads to Reference: An Essay on Reference Fixing in Natural Language

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198846277
eISBN:
9780191881404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846277.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins with a critique of “causal descriptivist” theories and other theories of necessary and sufficient conditions for the reference of proper names. The main criticism appeals to ... More


Concluding Notes

Mario Gómez-Torrente

in Roads to Reference: An Essay on Reference Fixing in Natural Language

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198846277
eISBN:
9780191881404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846277.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter revisits from a synoptic perspective two of the main themes of the book. First, the critique of descriptivism based on indeterminacy cases and the proposal of mere roughly sufficient ... More


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