General terms, rigidity and the trivialization problem

Synthese 181 (2):277 - 293 (2011)
Genoveva Martí
ICREA And University Of Barcelona
José Martínez
Universitat de Barcelona
We defend the view that defines the rigidity of general terms as sameness of designated universal across possible worlds from the objection that such a characterization is incapable of distinguishing rigid from non-rigid readings of general terms and, thus, that it trivializes the notion of rigidity. We also argue that previous attempts to offer a solution to the trivialization problem do no succeed
Keywords Rigidity  Rigid designators  General terms  Trivialization
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-010-9802-7
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