Rigidity and general terms

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (2):129–146 (2004)
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In this paper I examine two ways of defining the rigidity of general terms. First I discuss the view that rigid general terms express essential properties. I argue that the view is ultimately unsatisfactory, although not on the basis of the standard objections raised against it. I then discuss the characterisation in terms of sameness of designation in every possible world. I defend that view from two objections but I argue that the approach, although basically right, should be interpreted cautiously
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DOI 10.1111/j.0309-7013.2004.00085.x
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