David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2012)
This book critically examines some widespread views about the semantic phenomenon of reference and the cognitive phenomenon of singular thought. It begins with a defense of the view that neither is tied to a special relation of causal or epistemic acquaintance. It then challenges the alleged semantic rift between definite and indefinite descriptions on the one hand, and names and demonstratives on the other—a division that has been motivated in part by appeals to considerations of acquaintance. Drawing on recent work in semantics, the book explores a more unified account of all four types of expression, according to which none of them paradigmatically fits the profile of a referential term. On the proposed framework, all four involve existential quantification but admit of uses that exhibit many of the traits associated with reference—a phenomenon that is due to the presence of what we call a ‘singular restriction’ on the existentially quantified domain. The book concludes by drawing out some implications of the proposed semantic picture for the traditional categories of reference and singular thought.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$41.99 used (24% off) $42.00 new (24% off) $46.89 direct from Amazon (15% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||B105.R25.H39 2012|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Anders Johan Schoubye (2013). Ghosts, Murderers, and the Semantics of Descriptions. Noûs 47 (3):496-533.
John Hawthorne (2012). Some Comments on Fricker's'Stating and Insinuating'. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 86 (1):95-108.
Samuel Cumming (2014). Indefinites and Intentional Identity. Philosophical Studies 168 (2):371-395.
William Lanier (2014). Intentional Identity and Descriptions. Philosophical Studies 170 (2):289-302.
Dolf Rami (2014). The Use-Conditional Indexical Conception of Proper Names. Philosophical Studies 168 (1):119-150.
Similar books and articles
Kent Bach (1987). Thought and Reference. Oxford University Press.
Kent Bach (2006). What Does It Take To Refer? In Ernest Lepore & Barry Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. 516--554.
Kepa Korta (2011). Critical Pragmatics: An Inquiry Into Reference and Communication. Cambridge University Press.
Antonio Rauti (2012). Multiple Groundings and Deference. Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):317-336.
Diego Marconi (2012). Semantic Normativity, Deference and Reference. Dialectica 66 (2):273-287.
Gareth Evans (1982). The Varieties of Reference. Oxford University Press.
James Genone (2014). Evidential Constraints on Singular Thought. Mind and Language 29 (1):1-25.
Anne Newstead (2006). Thought, Reference, and Experience: Themes From the Philosophy of Gareth Evans. [REVIEW] Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (1):5.
Dunja Jutronić (2008). Reference Borrowing and the Role of Descriptions. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):349-360.
Kirk A. Ludwig (1993). Direct Reference in Thought and Speech. Communication and Cognition 26 (1):49-76.
Gareth Evans (1982). Varieties of Reference. Oxford University Press.
Jussi Jylkkä (2008). Concepts and Reference: Defending a Dual Theory of Natural Kind Concepts. Dissertation, University of Turku
James Genone (2012). Theories of Reference and Experimental Philosophy. Philosophy Compass 7 (2):152-163.
Jaakko Hintikka & Gabriel Sandu (1995). The Fallacies of the New Theory of Reference. Synthese 104 (2):245 - 283.
Eros Corazza (2003). Complex Demonstratives Qua Singular Terms. Erkenntnis 59 (2):263 - 283.
Added to index2012-05-28
Total downloads121 ( #7,211 of 1,096,549 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #29,393 of 1,096,549 )
How can I increase my downloads?