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Empty Representations

Manuel García-Carpintero and Martí Genoveva


About 40 years ago, Keith Donnellan, David Kaplan, Saul Kripke, and Hilary Putnam initiated a revolution in the then standard conception of reference—a concept at the core of philosophical inquiry. The repercussions of the revolution, particularly felt in metaphysics and epistemology, were soon refined by other influential writers such as Tyler Burge, Gareth Evans, and John Perry. They argued that some linguistic and mental representations have contents individuated by what they are about—by ordinary referents of expressions such as proper names, indexicals, definite descriptions, and common n ... More

Keywords: semantics, singular thought, empty names, fictional discourse, existence, non-existence

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199647057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manuel García-Carpintero, editor
Universitat de Barcelona

Martí Genoveva, editor
Western University, London, Canada

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