III—How Proper Names Refer


  • Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 8 November 2010 at 4:15 p.m.


This paper develops a new account of reference-fixing for proper names. The account is built around an intuitive claim about reference fixing: the claim that I am a participant in a practice of using α to refer to o only if my uses of α are constrained by the representationally relevant ways it is possible for o to behave. §I raises examples that suggest that a right account of how proper names refer should incorporate this claim. §II provides such an account.