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Andrea Bianchi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714088.001.0001

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“Literal” Uses of Proper Names

“Literal” Uses of Proper Names

(p.251) 12 “Literal” Uses of Proper Names
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Delia G. Fara

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This chapter defends the view that names are predicates that apply to a thing just in case that thing is a bearer of that name. It does this by examining cases in which a name is a predicate that doesn’t seem to satisfy this “being-called condition.” In many of the examples the names in question seem to be used non-literally, for example with Nunberg’s “deferred interpretation,” or with an extended meaning, applying to things resembling those in its literal extension. In each case, common count nouns (i.e., count nouns that are not names) are shown to be just like names in the relevant respects, and therefore that the examples in question do not call into doubt the view that names, when used literally, are predicative count nouns that satisfy the being-called condition.

Keywords:   names, predicativism, Kneale, literal, metalinguistic, deferred interpretation

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