Beyond Rigidity : The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity

  title={Beyond Rigidity : The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity},
  author={Scott Soames},
In Naming and Necessity Saul Kripke criticized descriptivist theories of proper names and suggested a 'better picture' as a replacement. But while the 'better picture' that Kripke provided was very interesting and stimulating, it was little more than a sketch of a theory that needed much work and refinement. While Kripke argued that proper names are not synonymous with definite descriptions or clusters of definite descriptions, he was silent on what the semantic contents of names might be… CONTINUE READING
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