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Proper Names

A Millian Account

by Stefano Predelli

  • Original work at the intersection of philosophy of language and linguistics
  • Accessible and clear
  • 'Where Am I Now' sections at the end of each chapter help the reader keep track of the author's progress

Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries
2. Articulations and Uses
3. Lunching Names
4. Using Names
5. Loose Ends
6. Names and Nouns
7. A Tale of Two Horses
8. Fictional Names


Proper Names explores the aims and scope of the Millian approach to the semantics of proper names. Stefano Predelli covers the core semantic aspects of Millianism, and develops them against the background of an independently motivated pre-semantic picture, grounded on the distinction between meaning and use. Accordingly, the volume defends Millianism from certain popular misconceptions and criticisms, it highlights its explanatory potential, and it tackles a variety of traditional philosophical problems from its viewpoint. In particular, Predelli discusses the relationships between co-referential names, the issue of non truth-conditional meaning for proper names, the role of onomastics in a theory of the use of names, the phenomenon of empty names, cases of so-called fictional names and names from myth and false scientific theories, and apparently predicative uses of proper names.

Author Information

Stefano Predelli, University of Nottingham

Stefano Predelli completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in 1991, with a dissertation on indexicals supervised by David Kaplan. He then moved to Norway, where he taught for a few years at the University of Oslo. He is currently a professor at the University of Nottingham. His previous publications include Contexts: Meaning, Truth, and the Use of Language (OUP, 2005), and Meaning without Truth (OUP, 2013).
This item is not yet published. It is available for pre-orders and will ship on 23 April 2017.
Published: 23 May 2017
192 Pages
8.5 x 5.3 inches
ISBN: 9780198778158