How Proper Names Refer

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):43-78 (2011)
This paper develops a new account of reference-fixing for proper names. The account is built around an intuitive claim about reference fixing: the claim that I am a participant in a practice of using α to refer to o only if my uses of α are constrained by the representationally relevant ways it is possible for o to behave. §I raises examples that suggest that a right account of how proper names refer should incorporate this claim. §II provides such an account.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00298.x
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