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|Abstract||A recent defence of analyzing names as predicates that relies on a calling relation to explain their meanings, an account developed by Fara, is claimed to escape the problems afflicting standard meta-linguistic analyses. For Fara, this is because the calling relation itself is not essentially meta-linguistic. Distinguishing between meta-linguistic and non-meta-linguistic notions of calling is supposed to disperse with the common objection to calling accounts, specifically, Kripke's objection that these kinds of accounts cannot be informative. To fully address Kripke's worry, two things must hold (a) the theory must yield a criterion that allows us to determine a name's reference, and (b) it must be non-circular. I argue that Fara's theory satisfies neither of these criteria.|
|Keywords||Proper names Predicates Meta-linguistic theories Kripke|
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