Names, Necessity, and Identity
By (author) Christopher Hughes
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Kripke by Christopher Hughes
Book DescriptionSaul Kripke, in a series of classic writings of the 1960s and 1970s, changed the face of metaphysics and philosophy of language. Christopher Hughes offers a careful exposition and critical analysis of Kripke's central ideas about names, necessity, and identity. He clears up some common misunderstandings of Kripke's views on rigid designation, causality and reference, the necessary and the contingent, the a posteriori and the a priori. Through his engagement with Kripke's ideas Hughes makes a significant contribution to ongoing debates on, inter alia, the semantics of natural kind terms, the nature of natural kinds, the essentiality of origin and constitution, the relative merits of 'identitarian' and counterpart-theoretic accounts of modality, and the identity or otherwise of mental types and tokens with physical types and tokens. No specialist knowledge in either the philosophy of language or metaphysics is presupposed; Hughes's book will be valuable for anyone working on the ideas which Kripke made famous in the philosophy world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199288687
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Christopher Hughes offers an exposition and analysis of Saul Kripke's central ideas about names, necessity, and identity, and in the process makes significant contributions to continuing debates about such topics as modality, essence, natural kinds, and the relation between the mental and the physical.
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