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Content, Cognition, and CommunicationPhilosophical Papers II$
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Nathan Salmon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284726.001.0001

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2004) *

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2004) *

(p.309) 18 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2004)*
Content, Cognition, and Communication

Nathan Salmon (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores Donnellan's referential-attributive distinction. A crippling error is exposed in Kripke's attempt at extending the distinction to proper names, and a correction proposed. The concept of a ‘mock referential’ use is introduced as a use of a description in the manner of an attributive use of a different description. Several types of uses are distinguished: correctly applied referential or mock referential uses; misapplied referential or mock referential; ‘Good’ uses, which are either attributive or correctly applied referential or mock referential; ‘Bad’, misapplied referential or mock referential; ‘Pretty’, Good mock referential uses; and ‘Ugly’, Bad mock referential uses.

Keywords:   attributive, description, Donnellan, Kripke, referential

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