Puzzles of Reference

ISBN : 9780198799832

Herman Cappelen; Josh Dever
224 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Written by two eminent philosophers of language, Puzzles of Reference is the first textbook devoted to the nature of reference, from venerable puzzles to recent empirical findings. It offers an up-to-date introduction to reference in philosophy and linguistics, summarizing ideas such as Kripke's revolutionary theory and presenting the various challenges in a clear and accessible manner. As the text does not assume prior training in philosophy or linguistics, it is ideal for use as part of a philosophy of language course for philosophy students or for linguistics students. It belongs to the series Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy of Language, in which each book provides an introduction to an important area of the philosophy of language, suitable for students at any level.


1 Introduction to Kripkeanism and the Rejection of Fregeanism
2 A Puzzle about Belief, Reference, and Agency
3 A Puzzle About Referring To What Isn't There
4 The Puzzle of Essential Indexicality
5 Reference Magnetism and a Puzzle About Reference Determination
6 A Puzzle About Naming Arbitrarily
7 Predicativism: The Puzzle of 'Every Alfred'
8 Plural Reference: The Puzzle of 'John and Paul and George and Ringo'
9 A Puzzle about Intuitions and Methodology
10 The End of Reference?

About the author: 

Herman Cappelen is a professor of philosophy at the universities of Oslo and St Andrews. He is a Co-Director of ConceptLab (in Oslo), and the Editor-in-Chief of Inquiry. He is the author of seven books and many papers.; Josh Dever is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and a professorial fellow at the Arche research centre at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many papers in philosophy of language and logic, and the co-author with Herman Cappelen of The Inessential Indexical and Context and Communication. He is also an associate editor of Semantics and Pragmatics.

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