These fifteen original essays address the core semantic concepts of reference and referring from both philosophical and linguistic perspectives. After an introductory essay that casts current trends in reference and referring in terms of an ongoing dialogue between Fregean and Russellian approaches, the book addresses specific topics, balanc
ing breadth of coverage with thematic unity.
The contributors, all leading or emerging scholars, address trenchant neo-Fregean challenges to the direct reference position; consider what positive claims can be made about the mechanism of reference; address the role of a theory of reference within broader theoretical context; and investigate other kinds of linguistic expressions used in referring activities that may themselves be referring expressions.
The topical unity and accessibility of the essays, the stage-setting introductory essay, and the comprehensive index combine to make Reference and Referring, along with the other books in the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series, appropriate for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.
About the Editors
William P. Kabasenche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.
Michael O’Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.
Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University.
"Good news for readers; the collection offers a lot to think about....[a] wealth of interesting subject matter."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews