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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.
Piotr Stalmaszczyk is a Professor of English language and linguistics at the University of Łodz (Poland), where he holds the Chair of English and General Linguistics. His research is concerned predominantly with linguistic methodology and the philosophy of language and linguistics.
Luis Fernández Moreno studied philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Free University of Berlin. He works as a Full Professor at the Complutense University. His research mainly concerns the philosophy of language, philosophical logic and philosophy of science.