more from Saul A. Kripke

Single Idea 14068

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

Full Idea

Kripke gives an account of proper names from which it follows that Goliath (the statue) cannot be identical the lumpl (the clay), ..because if a proper name denotes a thing in the actual world, then it denotes that same thing in non-actual situations.

Gist of Idea

If Kripke names must still denote a thing in a non-actual situation, the statue isn't its clay


comment on Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970]) by Allan Gibbard - Contingent Identity III

Book Reference

-: 'Journal of Symbolic Logic' [-], p.193

A Reaction

This strikes me as a powerful criticism of Kripke's claim - and has led to extensive discussion which I will now have to pursue. Watch this space.