What's in a name?

Philosophical Investigations 31 (4):340-358 (2008)
This paper is about the mode of being of names. The paper begins by explaining why the joke is on commentators who see Lewis Carroll's White Knight as applying the use/mention distinction. Then it argues that the real problem with the distinction is that the idea that names are used to mention what they name depends on mistakenly conceiving of language as existing autonomously; and that philosophers have this conception because they fail to appreciate what they are doing when they philosophise about language. This failure also explains why philosophers mistakenly think of any manifestation of a name as a (physical) token.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2008.00354.x
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Susan Haack (1978). Philosophy of Logics. Cambridge University Press.
W. V. Quine (1951). Mathematical Logic. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.
Alonzo Church (1956). Introduction to Mathematical Logic. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

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