It is a fundamental feature of language that words refer to things. Much attention has been devoted to the nature of reference, both in philosophy and in linguistics. Puzzles of Reference is the first book to give a comprehensive accessible survey of the fascinating work on this topic from the 1970s to the present day. Written by two eminent philosophers of language, Puzzles of Reference offers an up-to-date introduction to reference in philosophy and linguistics, summarizing ideas such as Kripke's revolutionary theory and presenting the various challenges in a clear and accessible manner. As the text does not assume prior training in philosophy or linguistics, it is ideal for use as part of a philosophy of language course for philosophy students or for linguistics students. Puzzles of Reference belongs to the series Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy of Language, in which each book provides an introduction to an important area of the philosophy of language, suitable for students at any level.
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Reference is a central topic in the philosophy of language, linguistic semantics, and related areas of philosophy and linguistics. This textbook offers an up-to-date introduction to key debates about reference. While comprehensive in approach, it is written for students and does not assume any prior training in philosophy of language.
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Preface 1: Introduction to Kripkeanism and the Rejection of Fregeanism 2: A Puzzle about Belief, Reference, and Agency 3: A Puzzle About Referring To What Isn't There 4: The Puzzle of Essential Indexicality 5: Reference Magnetism and a Puzzle About Reference Determination 6: A Puzzle About Naming Arbitrarily 7: Predicativism: The Puzzle of 'Every Alfred' 8: Plural Reference: The Puzzle of 'John and Paul and George and Ringo' 9: A Puzzle about Intuitions and Methodology 10: The End of Reference?
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an excellent, up-to-date introduction to a central problem about how language is used. * L. A. Wilkinson, CHOICE *


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Herman Cappelen is a professor of philosophy at the universities of Oslo and St Andrews. He is a Research Director at CSMN (in Oslo), and the Editor-in-Chief of Inquiry. He is the author of six books and many papers. Josh Dever is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and a professorial fellow at the Arche research centre at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many papers in philosophy of language and logic, and the co-author with Herman Cappelen of The Inessential Indexical and Context and Communication. He is also an associate editor of Semantics and Pragmatics.