Naming and Necessity
Saul A. Kripke
In Naming and Necessity, Kripke considers several questions that are important within analytic philosophy. Language is a primary concern in this philosophy, particularly the use of language to express and discuss concepts.
- How do names refer to things in the world (the problem of intentionality)?
- Are all statements that can be known a priori, necessarily true, and all statements that are known a posteriori (or empirically), contingently true?
- Do objects (including people) have any essential properties?
- What is the nature of identity?
- How do natural kind terms refer and what do natural kind terms mean?
Kripke's lectures 'constitute something of a landmark in the recent development of philosophy....Kripke's penetrating good sense..., and his brilliance in the devising of suggestive examples to test a theory's plausibility, have ensured that the topics he deals with can never look quite the same again.'--Times Literary Supplement