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Puzzles about descriptive names

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This article explores Gareth Evans's idea that there are such things as descriptive names, i.e. referring expressions introduced by a definite description which have, unlike ordinary names, a descriptive content. Several ignored semantic and modal aspects of this idea are spelled out, including a hitherto little explored notion of rigidity, super-rigidity. The claim that descriptive names are (rigidified) descriptions, or abbreviations thereof, is rejected. It is then shown that Evans's theor...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s10988-010-9066-1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Trinity College
Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Linguistics and Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
32
Issue:
4
Pages:
409-428
Publication date:
2009-08-05
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EISSN:
1573-0549
ISSN:
0165-0157
URN:
uuid:f2a42c0f-e654-4cae-b7a0-a8b5fd7660e3
Local pid:
ora:4552

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