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Proper NamesA Millian Account$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.001.0001

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(p.7) 1 Preliminaries
Proper Names

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

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 provide the needed contrasts and analogies in the author’s explanation of the thesis that proper names are devices of non-indexical, rigid, and direct reference. Accordingly, it provides a relatively swift and accessible introduction to the classic frameworks of so-called double-indexed semantics for indexical intensional languages, and of the structured proposition approach to semantics. Among other things, it defines the central notions employed throughout the book: the ideas of a context and points of evaluation; the character–content distinction; and the role of classic semantic concepts such as truth by virtue of character alone, redundancy, and the like.

Keywords:   semantics, proper names, indexicals, rigidity, Millianism, direct reference

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