Was Searle's Descriptivism Refuted?

Green, Karen (1998) Was Searle's Descriptivism Refuted? Teorema, XVII (1). pp. 109-113.


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It is generally thought that Searle's cluster theory of the sense of a proper name was soundly refuted by Kripke in Naming and Necessity. This paper challenges this widespread belief and argues that the observations made by Kripke do not show that Searle's version of descriptivism is false. Indeed, charitably interpreted, Searle's theory retains considerable plausibility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Descriptivism; Language; Name; Necessity; Proper Name; Reference; Kripke S.; Searle J.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XVII (1998)
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1261

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