The property-theoretical, performative-nominalistic theory of proper names

Dialectica 54 (3):155–176 (2000)
This paper embeds a theory of proper names in a general approach to singular reference based on type‐free property theory. It is proposed that a proper name “N” is a sortal common noun whose meaning is essentially tied to the linguistic type “N”. Moreover, “N” can be singularly referring insofar as it is elliptical for a definite description of the form the “N” Following Montague, the meaning of a definite description is taken to be a property of properties. The proposed theory fulfils the major desiderata stemming from Kripke's works on proper names.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2000.tb00199.x
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Bertrand Russell (2005). On Denoting. Mind 114 (456):873 - 887.
Saul Kripke (2010). Naming and Necessity. In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge 431-433.

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