ISBN : 9780198799832
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?