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The Philosophy of David Kaplan$
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Joseph Almog and Paolo Leonardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367881.001.0001

David Kaplan: The Man at Work

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(p.3) CHAPTER 1 David Kaplan: The Man at Work
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The Philosophy of David Kaplan
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Joseph Almog

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367881.003.0001

This chapter presents an introduction to David Kaplan. Topics covered include the influence of Church, Carnap, and Montague, from whom Kaplan got the eye for elegant formal codifications; Kaplan's admiration and adoption of the work of the German logician Gottlob Frege as the ground philosophical framework; his most influential work, Demonstratives, which presented his pioneering account of “direct reference” and what is essentially a two‐stage theory of meaning; and his separation of semantics and modal metaphysics.

Keywords:   Frege, Demonstratives, direct reference, semantics, modal metaphysics

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