The President and the Man on the Street: Definite Descriptions and Proper Names across Possible Situations

  • Daniel Rothschild

Abstract

Kripke’s “modal argument” uses consideration about scope within modal contexts to show that proper names and definite descriptions must be of two different semantic types. I reexamine the data that is used to motivate Kripke’s argument, and suggest that it, in fact, indicates that proper names behave exactly like a certain type of definite description, which I call “particularized” descriptions.
Published
2019-08-15
How to Cite
Rothschild, D. (2019). The President and the Man on the Street: Definite Descriptions and Proper Names across Possible Situations. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 10(2), 287-300. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2006.v10i2.691