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Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

Abstract

Keith Donnellan is one of the major figures in 20th-century philosophy of language, a key part of the highly influential generation of scholars that included Hilary Putnam, Saul Kripke, and David Kaplan. Like many of these philosophers, his primary contributions were published in article form rather than books. This volume presents a highly focused collection of articles by Donnellan. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the philosophy of language and mind went through a paradigm shift, with the then-dominant Fregean theory losing ground to the “direct reference” theory sometimes referred to as ... More

Keywords: Keith Donnellan, philosophy of language, direct reference revolution, semantic reference, direct reference theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199857999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199857999.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Donnellan, author
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, UCLA

Joseph Almog, editor
Professor of Philosophy, UCLA

Paolo Leonardi, editor
University of Bolonga

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[1] Reference and Definite Descriptions

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[2] Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[3] Proper Names and Identifying Descriptions

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[4] Speaking of Nothing

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[5] Speaker Reference, Descriptions, and Anaphora

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[6] The Contingent A Priori and Rigid Designators

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

[7] Kripke and Putnam on Natural Kind Terms *

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi