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Framework issues

R. M. Sainsbury

in Reference without Referents

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199241804
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602696 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241805.003.0002
 Framework issues

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Sets out the framework within which Reference without referents theory is developed. Truth theoretic semantics, though it certainly cannot tell us everything we wish to know, is accorded a significant role; the impact of the idea of a Russellian proposition is noted and deplored, negative free logic is described and endorsed, a methodology of maximizing ontological conservatism is stated, and the notion of rigidity is explained and shown to be intuitively consistent with lack of a referent.

Keywords: Davidson; de re sense; existence; free logic; rigidity; Russellian proposition; truth theory

Chapter.  14324 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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