Partially Descriptive Names

Scott Soames

in Beyond Rigidity

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145281
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833702 | DOI:
 Partially Descriptive Names

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Ch. 5 discusses a rich and varied class of linguistically complex phrases, called partially descriptive names. These expressions display many of the most important features of simple proper names, and they are standardly recognized as names in their own right. However, they are not, strictly speaking, rigid designators – though they are nearly so, in that they always designate the same object, when they designate anything at all. It is argued that partially descriptive names are equivalent to special definite descriptions that combine direct reference to their referents with partial descriptions of them.

Keywords: descriptions; direct reference; names; rigid designators

Chapter.  7974 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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