Reference, Essence, and Identity

Kit Fine

in Modality and Tense

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278701
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603105 | DOI:
Reference, Essence, and Identity

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An attempt is made to distinguish three problems which are often confused: the problem of making sense of de re modal discourse; the problem of individuating objects across possible worlds; and the problem of whether any term can refer to its bearer independently of how it is described.

Keywords: reference; essence; identity; modality; possible worlds

Chapter.  10719 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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