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Single Idea 14071

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 3. Direct Reference / b. Causal reference]

Full Idea

The reference of a name in the actual world is fixed partly by invoking a set of persistence criteria which determine what thing it names.

Gist of Idea

Naming a thing in the actual world also invokes some persistence criteria


Allan Gibbard (Contingent Identity [1975], III)

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Symbolic Logic' [-], p.198

A Reaction

This is offered as a modification to Kripke, to deal with the statue and clay. I fear that the 'persistence criteria' may be too vague, and too subject to possible change after the origin, to do the job required.