Necessarily, Sherlock Holmes Is Not a Person

Analytic Philosophy 55 (3):306-318 (2014)
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Abstract

In the appendix to Naming and Necessity, Kripke espouses the view that necessarily, Sherlock Holmes is not a person. To date, no compelling argument has been extracted from Kripke’s remarks. I give an argument for Kripke’s conclusion that is not only interpretively plausible but also philosophically compelling. I then defend the argument against salient objections.

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