[SydPhil] Reminder: Michael Devitt (CUNY) @ Wed 27 Mar 2013 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)
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Title: Michael Devitt (CUNY)
Should There Still be a Problem About the Meaning of Proper Names?
What determines the reference of a proper name? What is the meaning of a
proper name? In undergraduate lectures at Harvard in 1967, later published
in Naming and Necessity, Saul Kripke presented a radically new “picture” in
answer to the reference question. Andrea Bianchi claims that “forty years
later, we do not possess a fully blown theory built on his picture.” In
this paper I start by summarizing a theory of that form based on
developments of Kripke’s picture that I made in Designation and elsewhere.
Kripke did not answer the meaning question but many influenced by him have
adopted “direct reference”. My own answer is that a name’s meaning is its
causal mode of reference. This strikes many as a shocking idea. I argue
that it should not be. Finally, I discuss the meaning of “descriptive
names”. I conclude that there should not still be a problem about the
meaning of proper names.
When: Wed 27 Mar 2013 15:30 – 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Level 4, via Lobby B (or Southern Vestibule), Quadrangle
Building, University Place, The University of Sydney.
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