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Single Idea 16408

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 3. Transworld Objects / b. Rigid designation]

Full Idea

A rigid designator is a designator that denotes the same individual in all possible worlds; doesn't this presuppose that the same individuals can be found in differing possible worlds?

Gist of Idea

Rigid designation seems to presuppose that differing worlds contain the same individuals


Robert C. Stalnaker (Reference and Necessity [1997], 5)

Book Reference

Stalnaker,Robert C.: 'Ways a World Might Be' [OUP 2003], p.185

A Reaction

This is part of Stalnaker's claim that Kripke already has a metaphysics in place when he starts on his semantics and his theory of reference. Kripke needs a global domain, not a variable domain. Possibilities suggest variable domains to me.

Related Ideas

Idea 16394 Kripke derives accounts of reference and proper names from assumptions about worlds and essences [Stalnaker on Kripke]

Idea 16411 If possible worlds really differ, I can't be in more than one at a time [Stalnaker]