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Theory of Reference

Heimir Geirsson

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0144
Theory of Reference

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Reference and issues surrounding reference have played a large role in analytic philosophy. The basic question is simple: How do referring terms connect to the world? When I utter, “Mark Twain is the author of Huckleberry Finn,” then I manage to refer to Mark Twain, and when I utter “Water is wet,” then the right kind of substance, namely, H2O, is referred to. What is the underlying mechanism that is at work when the words pick out the object and the kind?

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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