Acta Analytica 20 (3):48-58 (2005)

Abstract
This work will focus on some aspects of descriptive names. The New Theory of Reference, in line with Kripke, takes descriptive names to be proper names. I will argue in this paper that descriptive names and certain theory in reference to them, even when it disagrees with the New Theory of Reference, can shed light on our understanding of (some) non-existence statements. I define the concept of descriptive name for hypothesised object (DNHO). My thesis being that DNHOs are, as I will specify, descriptions: a proposition expressed by the utterance ‘n is F’, where ‘n’ is a DNHO, is not singular at all; it is a descriptive proposition. To sum up, concerning proper names, the truth lies closer to the New Theory of Reference, but descriptivism is not altogether false. As for DNHOs descriptivism is, in some cases, the right fit.
Keywords descriptive names  descriptive name for hypothesised object  empty names  non-existence statements  New Theory of Reference
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s12136-005-1029-8
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,205
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Naming and Necessity.Saul Kripke - 1980 - In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 431-433.
Reference and Definite Descriptions.Keith S. Donnellan - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (3):281-304.
Nonexistence.Nathan Salmon - 1998 - Noûs 32 (3):277-319.

View all 16 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

¿ En qué sentido es relativista David Hume?Agustín Arrieta Urtizberea - 2010 - Contrastes: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 15:7-24.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
71 ( #149,345 of 2,444,735 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #232,714 of 2,444,735 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes