Kripke

Overview

Saul Kripke has been a major influence on analytic philosophy andallied fields for a half-century and more. His earlymasterpiece, Naming and Necessity, reversed the patternof two centuries of philosophizing about the necessary and thecontingent. Although much of his work remains unpublished, severalmajor essays have now appeared in print, most recently in hislong-awaited collection Philosophical Troubles.

In this book Kripke’s long-time colleague, the logician ...

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Overview

Saul Kripke has been a major influence on analytic philosophy andallied fields for a half-century and more. His earlymasterpiece, Naming and Necessity, reversed the patternof two centuries of philosophizing about the necessary and thecontingent. Although much of his work remains unpublished, severalmajor essays have now appeared in print, most recently in hislong-awaited collection Philosophical Troubles.

In this book Kripke’s long-time colleague, the logician andphilosopher John P. Burgess, offers a thorough and self-containedguide to all of Kripke’s published books and his mostimportant philosophical papers, old and new. It also provides anauthoritative but non-technical account of Kripke’sinfluential contributions to the study of modal logic and logicalparadoxes. Although Kripke has been anything but a system-builder,Burgess expertly uncovers the connections between different partsof his oeuvre. Kripke is shown grappling, often in opposition toexisting traditions, with mysteries surrounding the nature ofnecessity, rule-following, and the conscious mind, as well as withintricate and intriguing puzzles about identity, belief andself-reference. Clearly contextualizing the full range ofKripke’s work, Burgess outlines, summarizes and surveys theissues raised by each of the philosopher’s majorpublications. 

Kripke will be essential reading for anyone interestedin the work of one of analytic philosophy’s greatest livingthinkers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With characteristic verve and clarity, Burgess succeeds indoing what many thought impossible: presenting the best of Kripke'sphilosophical and technical work in a precise, readable, and highlyilluminating fashion. Every philosopher should read this."
Stephen Neale, City University of New York

"Destined to become a classic, this is the best systematicoverview of Saul Kripke’s major contributions to philosophy.While each chapter and appendix provides an excellent introductionfor those new to the material, old hands will relishBurgess’s provocative takes on Kripkean views of belief,rule-following, and the mind. The explanation of the connectionbetween Kripke’s technical and philosophical work on truthand modality is masterful."
Scott Soames, University of Southern California

"Burgess provides a masterful introduction to Kripke’sphilosophy, but this volume is more than that; it is a first-ratepiece of philosophy in its own right, as one would expect from oneof the leading philosophers of mathematics in the world."
Mark Steiner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652856
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series, #31
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,230,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface page vii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Background 2

Plan 7

1 Naming 11

Mill vs Frege 11

Error and Ignorance 19

Metalinguistic Theories 24

The Historical Chain Picture 28

Reference vs Attribution 33

2 Identity 37

Modal Logic and its Archenemy 37

Rigidity 45

The Necessity of Identity 50

Resistance 53

The Contingent a Priori 56

3 Necessity 59

Imagination and the Necessary a Posteriori 59

Natural Substances 64

Natural Kinds 69

Natural Phenomena and Natural Law 71

The Mystery of Modality 74

4 Belief 78

Direct Reference 78

Puzzling Pierre 83

Poles Apart 88

Counterfactual Attitudes 91

Empty Names 98

5 Rules 104

Conventionalism 105

Kripkenstein 108

The Analogy with Hume 110

The Skeptical Paradox 116

The Skeptical Solution 120

6 Mind 128

Physicalism 128

Functionalism 131

Against Functionalism 134

Against Physicalism 136

The Mystery of Mentality 140

Appendix A Models 143

The Logic of Modality 143

Kripke Models 147

The Curse of the Barcan Formulas 150

Controversy and Confusion 153

Appendix B Truth 157

Paradox and Pathology 158

Kripke vs Tarski 159

Fixed Points 165

The Intuitive Notion of Truth 170

Notes 175

Bibliography 204

Index 211

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