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What Do Natural Kind Predicates Have in Common With Proper Names?

Scott Soames

in Beyond Rigidity

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145281
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145283.003.0010
 What Do Natural Kind Predicates Have in Common With Proper Names?

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In Ch.10, it is argued that the crucial similarities between proper names and natural kind terms, including simple natural kind predicates, are the result of the nondescriptionality of such terms, and the way in which their reference is standardly established. These in turn provide the basis needed to explain the necessary a posteriori status of many theoretical identification sentences with logical forms ∀x (PxQx) and ∀x (PxQx)– which, it is argued, includes many of Kripke's most well‐known examples.

Keywords: Kripke; natural kind terms; necessary a posteriori; necessity; proper names; theoretical identities

Chapter.  10002 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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