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Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity

Scott Soames

Abstract

In Naming and Necessity Saul Kripke undermined descriptive analyses of names by showing that names are rigid designators; thereby telling us what their meanings are not, but not what they are. In Beyond Rigidity, Scott Soames strengthens Kripke's attack, while also providing a positive theory of the semantics and pragmatics of names. Using a new conception of how the meaning of a sentence relates to the information asserted and conveyed by utterances, Soames argues that the meaning of a linguistically simple name is its referent, and that the meaning of a linguistically complex, partially desc ... More

Keywords: Kripke, Millianism, names, natural kind terms, necessary a posteriori, necessity, philosophy of language, reference, rigid designation, Russellianism, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145281
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145283.001.0001

Authors

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Scott Soames, author
Princeton University
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