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Derek Ball
University of St. Andrews
Bryan Pickel
University of Glasgow
Abstract
Millians about proper names typically claim that it is knowable apriori that Hesperus is Phosphorus. We argue that they should claim instead that it is knowable only aposteriori that Hesperus is Hesperus, since the Kripke-Putnam epistemic arguments against descriptivism are special cases of Quinean arguments that nothing is knowable apriori, and Millians have no resources to resist the more general Quinean arguments.
Keywords Millian  names  direct reference  Quine  a priori
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Reprint years 2013, 2014
ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/phpr.12009
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