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Single Idea 13399

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / c. Names as referential]

Full Idea

There are plenty of examples to show that ordinary proper names simply are not rigid designators.

Gist of Idea

Examples show that ordinary proper names are not rigid designators


Michael Jubien (Possibility [2009], 5.1)

Book Reference

Jubien,Michael: 'Possibility' [OUP 2009], p.127

A Reaction

His examples are the planet Venus and the dust of which it is formed, and a statue made of clay. In other words, for some objects, perhaps under certain descriptions (e.g. functional ones), the baptised matter can change. Rigidity is an extra topping.