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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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Repetition and Reference

Repetition and Reference

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(p.93) 5 Repetition and Reference
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On Reference
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Andrea Bianchi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714088.003.0006

In the second lecture of Naming and Necessity, Saul Kripke presented a new and quite convincing picture of the reference of proper names. At the same time, however, he expressed some skepticism towards the possibility of developing it into a full-blown theory by offering “more exact conditions for reference to take place.” The fact is that even today, more than forty years later, we do not possess a full-blown theory built on his picture. After discussing the reasons for Kripke’s skepticism, this chapter hints at how his picture could be developed and offers an outline of a theory of reference based on it. One of the key notions the ‘theory’ makes use of is that of repetition, which is taken from Kaplan’s “Words.” The chapter ends with a discussion of a major problem for a theory such as the one outlined.

Keywords:   reference, Kripke, theory of reference, repetition, Kaplan

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