Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures

ISBN : 9780190660611

Saul A. Kripke
192 Pages
140 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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This work can be read as a sequel to Kripke's classic Naming and Necessity, confronting important issues left open in that work and developing a novel approach to questions concerning empty names and existence. It provides along the way novel treatments of fictional and mythological discourse, the pragmatics of definite and indefinite descriptions and the language of sense data.


Preface; Lecture I: October 30th, 1973; Lecture II: November 6th, 1973; Lecture III: November 13, 1973; Lecture IV: November 20th, 1973; Lecture V: November 27th, 1973; Lecture VI: December 4th, 1973; References; Index

About the author: 

The author of pioneering results in modal logic while still in high school, Saul A. Kripke continued to develop and extend these insights in subsequent technical work. With Identity and Necessity and Naming and Necessity -- two published lectures given in the early 1970's that became classics almost upon publication -- his work turned towards the philosophical implications of his formal investigations. Then and now, his work is marked by formal rigor coupled with an engaging and accessible prose style. Saul Kripke is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

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