Naming and Indexicality




2022.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Reviewed by Tadeusz Ciecierski, University of Warsaw

In 2022, five decades will have passed since the first publication of Saul Kripke’s Naming and Necessity and the beginning of the referentialist revolution regarding proper names and natural kind terms. The publication of Gregory Bochner’s book fits perfectly with this anniversary. On the one hand, it contains an excellent critical overview of the most important contemporary debates regarding proper names; on the other, it offers a presentation and defense of an original account of proper names—metasyntactic two-dimensionalism. This book is published in the Key Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics series, which aims to combine exposition with original philosophical contributions, so as to attract those interested in an introduction to a particular topic as well as those who are subject matter experts. It…

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