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Kripkean Themes

Course Description

In a series of classic writings, Saul Kripke changed the face of analytic philosophy. His work in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and logic fundamentally altered the landscape of thought, such that anyone interested in theoretical philosophy must come to terms with (at least some of) his arguments.

In this course, we will discuss several of Kripke’s major themes, paying particular attention to issues concerning naming, necessity, and identity. We will do so by reading through several key texts of Kripke’s, as well as those which respond to this work. Topics of discussion will likely include Kripke’s objections to descriptivist theories of singular terms, the notion of rigid designation, the relation between causality & reference, the semantics of natural kind terms, the nature and extension of essence & essential properties, the (im)possibility of private languages, the nature of belief and belief reports, and the semantics of empty (and fictional) names.

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Further Materials

Regarding writing philosophy papers, I strongly suggest the following:

Further, the following German texts – all written by Christian Folde – are all useful: