Reference and Essence

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1981)
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Considered a classic in the philosophy of language movement known variously as the New Theory of Reference or the Direct-Reference Theory, as well as in the metaphysics of modal essentialism that is related to this philosophy of language. This award-winning book is based on the author’s doctoral dissertation.



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Naming and Non-necessity.Nathan Salmon - 2020 - In Andrea Bianchi (ed.), Language and Reality from a Naturalistic Perspective. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. pp. 237-248.

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