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Referential MechanicsDirect Reference and the Foundations of Semantics$
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Joseph Almog

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199314379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314379.001.0001

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Direct Reference by Designation

Direct Reference by Designation

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 Direct Reference by Designation
Referential Mechanics

Joseph Almog

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Saul Kripke's theory of rigid designation and his defense of a Millian approach to names are examined. His account of names inside the framework of possible-worlds semantics is contrasted with other ideas of his regarding the historical transmission of names, as well as cognitive observations of his about what information ordinary competent users have while using those names. Kripke's powerful approach(es) in his Naming and Necessity and the subsequent magnification in his classic ”A Puzzle about Belief” are studied closely and found to involve different nonequivalent strands.

Keywords:   Kripke, rigid designation, modality, possible worlds, Frege, Russell, necessity

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