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Natural Kind Predicates, Mass Nouns, and Abstract Singular Terms

Scott Soames

in Beyond Rigidity

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145281
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145283.003.0011
 Natural Kind Predicates, Mass Nouns, and Abstract Singular Terms

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Building on work begun in Ch. 10, I attempt to find another way of characterizing the semantic similarities between natural kind predicates and proper names. In this chapter, I provide a different, more limited, vindication of the claim that the semantics of natural kind terms guarantee that certain theoretical identification sentences involving them are necessary, if true.

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

Chapter.  8790 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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