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    Fredrik Haraldsen (forthcoming). Essence, Application, and Explanation. Acta Analytica:1-11.
    It is often thought that a notion of general term rigidity could help explain the particular behavior of natural kind terms in modal contexts. An influential strategy for developing a non-trivial account of general term rigidity appeals to essential properties of the things to which such terms apply. I show that essentialism cannot underpin a notion of rigidity that can play the expected explanatory roles. Essentialists are committed to presuppositions that themselves play those roles without implying essentialism.
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    Fredrik Haraldsen (2015). On What Actually Is. Erkenntnis 80 (3):643-656.
    The actually-operator, understood as a rigidifier, has been employed for a range of purposes in natural language semantics. In this article I argue that the properties of the operator do not correspond to any feature of natural language or feature natural language users have access to. Nor is it needed to provide a formal representation of natural language sentences—the examples usually provided to illustrate the indispensability of the operator are much more plausibly interpreted using plural quantifiers. This lack of connection (...)
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    Fredrik Haraldsen (2013). What Russell Couldn't Describe. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (3):459-473.
    The characteristic property of definite descriptions in natural language is commonly assumed to be their uniqueness requirement, although there is disagreement with respect to how occurrences should be interpreted, for instance with regard to the well-known restriction problem. I offer a novel argument against characterizing definite expressions in terms of uniqueness. If a singular definite description ?the F? implies that its denotation is the unique satisfier of ?F? (relative to a context) then there are real-life states of affairs that can (...)
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    Fredrik Haraldsen (2012). Rigidity, Reference, and Contingent Identity. SATS: Northern European Journal of Philosophy 13 (2):116-127.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Jahrgang: 13 Heft: 2 Seiten: 116-127.
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  5. Fredrik Haraldsen (2012). Rigidity, Reference, and Contingent Identity. SATS 13 (2).
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