Singular Reference: A Descriptivist Perspective

Singular Reference: A Descriptivist Perspective

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Singular reference is the relation that a singular term has to a corresponding individual. For example, 'Obama' singularly refer to the current US president. Descriptivism holds that all singular terms refer by means of a concept associated to the term. The current trend is against this. This book explains in detail (mainly for newcomers) why anti-descriptivism became dominant in spite of its weaknesses and (for experts) how these weaknesses can be overcome by appropriately reviving descriptivism.... the contextualized linguistic meaning of h is |the here| and its pragmatic meaning is |the ... My position must also be distinguished from Nunberga#39;s (1993) proposal, according to which indexicals, qua singular ... Reference: A Descriptivist Perspective, Philosophical Studies Series 113, DOI 10.1007/978-90- 481-3312-3_6, anbsp;...

Title:Singular Reference: A Descriptivist Perspective
Author:Francesco Orilia
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-12-01


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