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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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Names and Nouns

Names and Nouns

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(p.95) 6 Names and Nouns
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Proper Names
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Stefano Predelli

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.003.0007

This chapter and Chapter 7 discuss certain recent challenges against the Millian theory of names. Chapter 6 begins with a brief presentation of the so-called Determiner Hypothesis, and concludes that it does not pose a significant problem from the viewpoint of Millianism. An assessment of the related but distinct Predicate Hypothesis follows, focusing on the apparent occurrence of proper names flanked by determiners. The author responds to the Predicate Hypothesis by arguing that, even if it were correct, it would remain compatible with the Millian semantics of names. Accordingly, certain general guidelines are offered, covering the Millian approach to Burge-style scenarios involving apparent occurrences of names and determiners.

Keywords:   Millianism, predicativism, determiners, Longobardi, Burge

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