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Rigid Designation and Theoretical Identities

Joseph LaPorte


This book articulates and defends the position that terms for properties are rigid designators and that property designators' rigidity is put to good use in important philosophical arguments supporting and impugning various theoretical identity statements, including psychophysical identity statements. In the first chapter, rigidity in general is explained. Special problems raised by property designators specifically are discussed. In the next two chapters it is argued that designators for properties are subject to a genuine distinction and one that plays the same role that the rigid–nonrigid d ... More

Keywords: Kripke, rigidity, designation, general terms, properties, psychophysical identities, theoretical identities, scientific essentialism, skeptical argument, rigid–nonrigid distinction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph LaPorte, author
Hope College, Michigan