Recent Defenses of Descriptivism


  • Thanks to Ben Caplan, Michael Nelson, David Sosa, Jason Stanley, and two referees for Mind & Language for their very helpful comments.

*Philosophy Department, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4540, USA.


Abstract:  David Sosa, Michael Nelson, and Jason Stanley have recently offered a series of interesting and provocative challenges to Kripke's modal arguments against Descriptivism. In this paper I explore these challenges and some of the issues to which they give rise. I argue that, in the end, all three challenges fail.