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Rigidity, General Terms, and Trivialization

Dan López de Sa
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2007.00214.x 117-123 First published online: 1 April 2007


The simple proposal for a characterization of general term rigidity is in terms of sameness of designation in every possible world. Critics like Schwartz (2002) and Soames (2002) have argued that such a proposal would trivialize rigidity for general terms. Martí (2004) claims that the objection rests on the failure to distinguish what is expressed by a general term and the property designated. I argue here against such a response by showing that the trivialization problem reappears even if one pays attention to such a distinction.

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