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Luis Fernández Moreno & Piotr Stalmaszczyk - Introduction: Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names
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Luis Fernández Moreno
Complutense University of Madrid
University of Łódź
Introduction: Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names
Knowledge of high things is hard to gain;
and surely knowledge of names is no small matter.
Plato, Cratylus (384b)
The debates about proper names can be traced back to at least Plato’s Cratylus. However, the predecessors of the most important debates on proper names in the contemporary philosophy of language are J. S. Mill, G. Frege and B. Russell, even though most of their main theses concerning proper names are subject to various, and even conflicting, interpretations. In any case, contemporary scholars investigating proper names must adopt, at least as a background, a position regarding the views of those authors.1
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