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Situations and Individuals
In Situations and Individuals, Paul Elbourne argues that the natural language expressions that have been taken to refer to individuals -- pronouns, proper names, and definite descriptions -- have a common syntax and semantics, roughly that of definite descriptions as construed in the tradition of Frege. In the course of his argument, Elbourne shows that proper names have ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by MIT Press (MA)
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Elbourne often writes engagingly, which is a great help to what can be both a fascinating and dry subject. I'm afraid that I don't have much confidence in a lot of his data; there were times when I and several folk around me did not share (crucial) judgments. I'm not sold on the theory, either, but there are some wonderful insights, and I very much like tossing rigid designators out the window.