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.
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