WHAT'S IN A (N EMPTY) NAME?
Version of Record online: 13 MAY 2004
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 85, Issue 2, pages 125–148, June 2004
How to Cite
ADAMS, F. and DIETRICH, L. A. (2004), WHAT'S IN A (N EMPTY) NAME?. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 85: 125–148. doi: 10.1111/j.0279-0750.2004.00191.x
- Issue online: 13 MAY 2004
- Version of Record online: 13 MAY 2004
Abstract: This paper defends a direct reference view of names including empty names. The theory says that empty names literally have no meaning and cannot be used to express truths. Names, including empty names, are associated with accompanying descriptions that are implicated in pragmati-cally imparted truths when empty names are used. This view is defended against several important objections having to do with differences in names, descriptions associated with the names, and considerations of modality. The view is shown to be superior to an alternative theory treating empty names as the “descriptive names” of Kripke and Evans.