The ambiguity thesis versus Kripke's defence of Russell

Ramachandran, Murali (1996) The ambiguity thesis versus Kripke's defence of Russell. Mind and Language, 11 (4). 371 - 387. ISSN 0268-1064

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In his influential paper 'Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference', Kripke defends Russell's theory of descriptions against the charge that the existence of referential and attributive uses of descriptions reflects a semantic ambiguity. He presents a purely defensive argument to show that Russell's theory is not refuted by the referential usage and a number of methodological considerations which apparently tell in favour of Russell's unitary theory over an ambiguity theory. In this paper, I put forward a case for the ambiguity theory that thwarts Kripke's defensive strategy and argue that it is not undermined by any of his methodological points.

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Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Murali Ramachandran
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