Singular Terms (2)<sup>1</sup>

Bob Hale

in The Reason's Proper Study

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198236399
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597565 | DOI:
Singular Terms (2)1

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This essay is the sequel to ’Singular Terms (1)’ (also in this volume). After reviewing the criterion for singular termhood proposed in the earlier paper, Hale moves on to considering objections to the proposal. In particular, he discusses criticisms made by Linda Wetzel (Mind 1990) against Michael Dummett's original formulation of the ’inferential role’ part of the test. Hale argues that by modifying the detail of Dummett's proposals in well‐motivated ways, one can formulate a version of the inferential role test that can answer all of the criticisms. The final section considers how one should assess the adequacy of inferential role tests of this kind.

Keywords: Context Principle; Dummett; Frege; inferential role; singular terms; Wetzel

Chapter.  12418 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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