Proper Names II: Answering Kripke

Kent Bach

in Thought and Reference

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198240778
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680267 | DOI:

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Proper Names II: Answering Kripke

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This chapter examines Kripke's two main arguments against description theories: the modal argument and the argument from ignorance and error. It contends that even if they refute description theories generally, they are ineffective against nominal description theory (NDT). It answers Kripke's objection to NDT in particular, that it is viciously circular. To complete the defence of NDT, the chapter attempts to explain pragmatically what the so-called illusion of rigidity is.

Keywords: modal argument; Kripke; nominal description theory; rigidity; error; illusion of rigidity

Chapter.  11266 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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