Single Idea 14475

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

Full Idea

Pure causal theories of reference have problems in handling nonexistence claims

Gist of Idea

How can causal theories of reference handle nonexistence claims?


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], 02.3)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.38

A Reaction

This is a very sound reason for shifting from a direct causal baptism view to one in which the baptism takes place by a social consensus. So there is a consensus about 'unicorns', but obviously no baptism. See Evans's 'Madagascar' example.