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Reference and existence : the John Locke lectures

Author: Saul A Kripke
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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"Reference and Existence, Saul Kripke's John Locke Lectures for 1973, can be read as a sequel to his classic Naming and Necessity. It confronts important issues left open in that work -- among them, the semantics of proper names and natural kind terms as they occur in fiction and in myth; negative existential statements; the ontology of fiction and myth (whether it is true that fictional characters like Hamlet, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Kripke, Saul A., 1940-
Reference and existence.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012038713
(OCoLC)818658695
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Saul A Kripke
ISBN: 9780199928392 0199928398
OCLC Number: 1004152452
Description: 1 ressource en ligne
Contents: Lecture I: October 30, 1973 --
Lecture II: November 6, 1973 --
Lecture III: November 13, 1973 --
Lecture IV: November 20, 1973 --
Lecture V: November 27, 1973 --
Lecture VI: December 4, 1973.
Responsibility: Saul A. Kripke.

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"Reference and Existence, Saul Kripke's John Locke Lectures for 1973, can be read as a sequel to his classic Naming and Necessity. It confronts important issues left open in that work -- among them, the semantics of proper names and natural kind terms as they occur in fiction and in myth; negative existential statements; the ontology of fiction and myth (whether it is true that fictional characters like Hamlet, or mythical kinds like bandersnatches, might have existed). In treating these questions, he makes a number of methodological observations that go beyond the framework of his earlier book -- including the striking claim that fiction cannot provide a test for theories of reference and naming. In addition, these lectures provide a glimpse into the transition to the pragmatics of singular reference that dominated his influential paper, 'Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference'-- a paper that helped reorient linguistic and philosophical semantics. Some of the themes have been worked out in later writings by other philosophers -- many influenced by typescripts of the lectures in circulation -- but none have approached the careful, systematic treatment provided here. The virtuosity of Naming and Necessity -- the colloquial ease of the tone, the dazzling, on-the-spot formulations, the logical structure of the overall view gradually emerging over the course of the lectures -- is on display here as well"--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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