David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophia 1 (3-4):159-177 (1971)
According to the 'axiom of existence', Adopted in this article, Terms which do not denote existent entities do not denote at all. 'past entities', 'future entities', 'possible entities', 'fictional entities', Etc. Do not exist. The class of denoting terms has, Therefore, A changing membership. 'nixon' denotes now, But will fail to denote one hundred years from now. The same is true for terms indicating properties (e.G., '... Is a missile'). A theory of meaning and truth is developed on the basis of this axiom. A denotationless term may still be meaningful. 'x' means, In english, 'the entity which ...' where the dots stand for a certain conjunction of open sentences known to speakers of english in various degrees, Found in reference books of authority, Etc. A statement can be true through either correspondence or analyticity. Thus 'nixon is the u.S. President' is (now) true in both ways. 'socrates was a philosopher', '2+2=4', And 'hamlet killed polonius' are only analytically true. 'polonius killed hamlet' is false
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. W. Moore (ed.) (1993). Meaning and Reference. Oxford University Press.
Peter Mott (1995). Towards a Winograd/Flores Semantics. Minds and Machines 5 (1):69-87.
W. Hinzen (2006). Spencerism and the Causal Theory of Reference. Biology and Philosophy 21 (1):71-94.
H. G. Callaway (1982). Sense, Reference and Purported Reference. Logique Et Analyse 25 (March):93-103.
Eddy M. Zemach (1976). Putnam's Theory on the Reference of Substance Terms. Journal of Philosophy 73 (March):116-27.
Michael McKinsey (1987). Apriorism in the Philosophy of Language. Philosophical Studies 52 (July):1-32.
William W. Rozeboom (1962). Intentionality and Existence. Mind 71 (January):15-32.
Eddy M. Zemach (1986). From Meaning to Sense and Reference. Philosophical Papers 15 (1):23-40.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads9 ( #389,314 of 1,938,440 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #440,814 of 1,938,440 )
How can I increase my downloads?