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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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Proper Names

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses certain further questions related to the semantics and the use of proper names. Section one discusses the Millian acceptability of non-synonymous co-referential names, hints at the role for non-truth-conditional meaning in the study of proper names, and continues the author’s criticism of the mischaracterization of Millianism in terms of the ‘names as tags’ slogan. Section two brings into the picture the idea of an empty name, the related notion of a block launching, and the apparatus of gappy propositions. The final section puts forth certain negotiable but intriguing suggestions regarding so-called ‘placeholder names’, that is, expressions such as ‘Mr So-and-so’ in their typical uses.

Keywords:   Millianism, non-truth-conditional meaning, empty names, placeholder names, co-referential names, Donnellan

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