Understanding proper names

@article{Mckinsey2010UnderstandingPN,
  title={Understanding proper names},
  author={Michael Mckinsey},
  journal={Linguistics and Philosophy},
  year={2010},
  volume={33},
  pages={325-354}
}
There is a fairly general consensus that names are Millian (or Russellian) genuine terms, that is, are singular terms whose sole semantic function is to introduce a referent into the propositions expressed by sentences containing the term. This answers the question as to what sort of proposition is expressed by use of sentences containing names. But there is a second serious semantic problem about proper names, that of how the referents of proper names are determined. This is the question that… CONTINUE READING
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