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Single Idea 14896

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism]

Full Idea

Kripke's metaphysics of essences, natural kinds, and rigid designation gave philosophers a means of avoiding the relativist path that was bound to end in the tears of sociology.

Gist of Idea

Kripke's metaphysics (essences, kinds, rigidity) blocks the slide into sociology


report of Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970]) by J Ladyman / D Ross - Every Thing Must Go 1.2

Book Reference

Ladyman,J/Ross,D: 'Every Thing Must Go' [OUP 2007], p.9

A Reaction

They are contemptuous of Kripke's project, but this is the core of it. He was making a stand against Kuhn, and trying to build a metaphysics for realism. Good for Kripke.