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III—How Proper Names Refer

Imogen Dickie
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00298.x 43-78 First published online: 1 April 2011

Abstract

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.

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