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Philosophical Approaches to Proper Names


Edited By Piotr Stalmaszczyk and Luis Fernández Moreno

The articles in this collection focus on philosophical approaches to proper names. The issues discussed include abstract names, empty names, naming and name-using practices, definite descriptions, individuals, reference, designation, sense and semantics. The contributions show the importance and lasting influence of theories proposed by John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Donald Davidson, and Saul Kripke. Individual chapters assess traditional analyses and modern controversies, and contribute to the debate on proper names in contemporary philosophy of language.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Stalmaszczyk, Piotr, editor. | Fernández Moreno, Luis, editor. Title: Philosophical approaches to proper names / Stalmaszczyk, Piotr [and] Fernández Moreno, Luis (eds.). Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series: Studies in philosophy of language and linguistics, ISSN 2363-7242 ; volume 1 | Includes index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015046076| ISBN 9783631662656 (Print) | ISBN 9783653054309 (E-Book) Subjects: LCSH: Names. | Onomastics. | Onomasiology. Classification: LCC P323 .P48 2016 | DDC 121/.68--dc23 LC record available at

This publication was financially supported by the Faculty of Philology of the University of Łódź.

Cover image: Courtesy of Benjamin Ben Chaim

ISSN 2363-7242 ISBN 978-3-631-66265-6 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05430-9 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05430-9

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