Names, Cranes, and the Later Moists

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39 (3):369-385 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The Later Moists grounded our linguistic abilities in our ability to distinguish between kinds on the basis of manifest similarities and differences among things. Proper names, however, require a different treatment. According to the Moists, when we use a proper name, we borrow a word for one kind of thing and use it to refer to something else, as when we name dogs “crane.” This view probably responds in part to arguments that the possibility of using any word to refer to any thing threatens the stability of language. Proper names may borrow from terms with existing uses, but arguably they do not thereby undermine those uses



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,122

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The moists and the gentlemen of the world.Dan Robins - 2008 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (3):385-402.
Names as tokens and names as tools.M. W. Pelczar - 2001 - Synthese 128 (1-2):133 - 155.
A Scene with Cranes: Engagement and Truth in Religion.Gareth Moore - 1994 - Philosophical Investigations 17 (1):1-13.
Description-names.Eros Corazza - 2002 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 31 (4):313-325.
Ethical Analysis of an Ancient Debate: Moists versus Confucians.Christian Jochim - 1980 - Journal of Religious Ethics 8 (1):135 - 147.
The semantics of fictional names.Fred Adams, Gary Fuller & Robert Stecker - 1997 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 78 (2):128–148.
The neuropsychology of proper names.Carlo Semenza - 2009 - Mind and Language 24 (4):347-369.
On the linguistic complexity of proper names.Ora Matushansky - 2008 - Linguistics and Philosophy 31 (5):573-627.
Proper names and persons: Peirce's semiotic consideration of proper names.Eric Thomas Weber - 2008 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (2):pp. 346-362.
Causality, referring, and proper names.David S. Schwarz - 1978 - Linguistics and Philosophy 2 (2):225 - 233.
Proper Names and their Fictional Uses.Heidi Tiedke - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (4):707 - 726.


Added to PP

60 (#249,934)

6 months
10 (#168,693)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Dan Robins
University of Hong Kong

Citations of this work

Realism about Kinds in Later Mohism.Chris Fraser - 2021 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (1):93-114.
Realism and Conventionalism in Later Mohist Semantics.Daniel J. Stephens - 2017 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 16 (4):521-542.
Semantics without Truth in Later Mohist Philosophy of Language.Frank Saunders - 2014 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (2):215-229.
Concepts of Philosophy.Raji C. Steineck (ed.) - 2018 - Boston; Leiden: Brill.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references