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Introduction: reference and singular thought

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/9780199693672.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

The discovery of the twin categories of reference and singular thought is widely felt to be one of the landmark achievements of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. On the one hand there is the ... More


October 30, 1973

Saul A. Kripke

in Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199928385
eISBN:
9780199332953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928385.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Russell famously argued that existence is a second-level concept, applying exclusively to properties. Of course, singular existence claims are ubiquitous and apparently fully intelligible, but this ... More


What Do We Talk About?

Stanley Rosen

in The Elusiveness of the Ordinary: Studies in the Possibility of Philosophy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091977
eISBN:
9780300129526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091977.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Bertrand Russell and his remark that “the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that ... More


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