Identity Syntax

In T. Rockmore (ed.), Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Vol II Metaphysics. Philosophy Document Center. 171-186 (1999)
Abstract
Like '&', '=' is no term; it represents no extrasentential property. It marks an atomic, nonpredicative, declarative structure, sentences true solely by codesignation. Identity (its necessity and total reflexivity, its substitution rule, its metaphysical vacuity) is the objectual face of codesignation. The syntax demands pure reference, without predicative import for the asserted fact. 'Twain is Clemens' is about Twain, but nothing is predicated of him. Its informational value is in its 'metailed' semantic content: the fact of codesignation (that 'Twain' names Clemens) that explains what fact it asserts and why it is necessary. Critiques of concepts of rigidity and elimination of singular terms result.
Keywords identity  syntax  singular terms  rigidity
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