The Realpolitik of Reference.

Epstein, Brian.


  • What are the conditions for fixing the reference of a proper name? Debate on this point has recently been rekindled by Scott Soames, Robin Jeshion, and others. In this paper, I sketch a new pragmatic approach to the justification of reference-fixing procedures, in opposition to accounts that insist on an invariant set of conditions for fixing reference across environments and linguistic communities. ... read more
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  • EPSTEIN, B. (2008), THE REALPOLITIK OF REFERENCE. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 89: 1-20. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0114.2008.00307.x
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