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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 p ...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.