Names as Predicates

Sawyer, Sarah (2020) Names as Predicates. In: Biggs, Stephen and Geirsson, Heimir (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Reference. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy . Routledge. ISBN 9780367629724

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Abstract

This Handbook offers students and more advanced readers a valuable resource for understanding linguistic reference; the relation between an expression (word, phrase, sentence) and what that expression is about. The volume’s forty-one original chapters, written by many of today’s leading philosophers of language, are organized into ten parts:

I Early Descriptive Theories
II Causal Theories of Reference
III Causal Theories and Cognitive Significance
IV Alternate Theories
V Two-Dimensional Semantics
VI Natural Kind Terms and Rigidity
VII The Empty Case
VIII Singular (De Re) Thoughts
IX Indexicals
X Epistemology of Reference

Contributions consider what kinds of expressions actually refer (names, general terms, indexicals, empty terms, sentences), what referring expressions refer to, what makes an expression refer to whatever it does, connections between meaning and reference, and how we know facts about reference. Many contributions also develop connections between linguistic reference and issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 10:38
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 16:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/93913

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