The New Theory of Reference: Kripke, Marcus, and Its Origins / Edition 1

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This collection of essays is the definitive version of a widely discussed debate over the origins of the New Theory of Reference. In new articles written especially for this volume, Quentin Smith and Scott Soames, the original participants in the debate, elaborate their positions on who was responsible for the ideas that Saul Kripke presented in his Naming and Necessity. They are joined by John Burgess, who weighs in on the side of Soames, while Smith adds a further dimension in discussing the contributions of philosophers such as Føllesdal, Geach, Hintikka, and Plantinga. Also included are lengthy excerpts from Føllesdal's 1961 Harvard dissertation and a careful examination by Sten Lindström of the respective contributions of Kripke and Stig Kanger to the development of modal semantics. The collection will be essential reading for anyone acquainted with these influential ideas.
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A collection of documents, some original here and others part of the debate that began in 1970 within the philosophy of language about the nature of relations among language, its speakers, and the world it refers to. Quentin Smith and Scott Soames, the original participants in the debate, contribute new essays elaborating their positions on who was responsible for the ideas that Saul Kripke articulated in his 1971 collection of lectures Naming and Necessity. Others join in to second one opinion or the other. Also included are some lengthy excerpts from Follesdal's 1961 Harvard dissertation and a examination of the respective contributions of Kripke and Stig Kanger to the development of modal semantics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792348986
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 5/31/1998
  • Series: Synthese Library Series, #270
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; P. Humphreys, J.H. Fetzer. Part I: The APA Exchange. Marcus, Kripke, and the Origin of the New Theory of Reference; Q. Smith. Revisionism about Reference: A Reply to Smith; S. Soames. Marcus and the New Theory of Reference: A Reply to Scott Soames; Q. Smith. Part II: Replies. More Revisionism About Reference; S. Soames. Marcus, Kripke, and Names; J.P. Burgess. How Not to Write History of Philosophy: A Case Study; J.P. Burgess. Direct, Rigid Designation and A Posteriori Necessity: A History and Critique; Q. Smith. Part III: Historical Origins. Referential Opacity and Modal Logic; D. Føllesdal. An Exposition and Development of Kanger's Early Semantics for Modal Logic; S. Lindström. A More Comprehensive History of the New Theory of Reference; Q. Smith. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.

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