Are proper names rigid designators?

Axiomathes 20 (2-3):333-346 (2010)
A widely accepted thesis in the philosophy of language is that natural language proper names are rigid designators, and that they are so de jure, or as a matter of the “semantic rules of the language.” This paper questions this claim, arguing that rigidity cannot be plausibly construed as a property of name types and that the alternative, rigidity construed as a property of tokens, means that they cannot be considered rigid de jure; rigidity in this case must be viewed as a pragmatic and not a semantic property.
Keywords Rigid designation  Kripke  Proper names  Semantics  Pragmatics
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-010-9100-5
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