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Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind$
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Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199857999.001.0001

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Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms *

Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms *

(p.178) [7] Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms *
Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind

Keith Donnellan

Joseph Almog

Paolo Leonardi

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the application of some of the central ideas developed by Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam concerning singular terms to general terms for kinds, showing that the theory of natural kind terms must in fact use additional ideas and different argumentation. It focuses on Kripke's notion of rigid designation and the generation of “exotic” necessary truths. It agrees with Putnam's theory about how natural kind terms function in ordinary language and still see that things may have been done differently even with the same results. It also suggests that nature does not fully determine the extension of vernacular natural kind terms, and science is not wholly responsible for discovering their true extensions.

Keywords:   Saul Kripke, Hilary Putnam, natural kind terms, rigid designation, exotic necessary truths

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