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  • n. That which is named or designated by a linguistic term.

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  • n. something (whether existing or not) that is referred to by a linguistic expression


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  • The designatum must first be picked out in α by whether it meets the descriptive requirements (with or without the indexing) there in α: but the purpose of the indexing is to keep the term referring, with respect to other worlds, to that same item picked out originally in α by virtue of meeting the right requirements there.

    Rigid Designators

  • Here are some considerations in favor of saying that an expression could be rigid de jure without directly referring to its designatum.

    Rigid Designators

  • Here you use the description to fix the reference, not as a synonym: whatever individual is most filled with joy is the designatum, even when we are discussing worlds in which that same individual is glum.

    Rigid Designators

  • In other places, Kripke seems to have in mind another account of rigidity: one according to which a rigid designator designates its object in every possible world, whether or not the designatum exists in that world.

    Rigid Designators

  • On one such account, a rigid designator designates its designatum in every possible world containing the designatum and in other possible worlds the designator fails to designate.

    Rigid Designators

  • That is because some expressions designate rigidly by means of describing the designatum: e.g.,

    Rigid Designators

  • When we evaluate these sentences with respect to other worlds, we do not seem to admit that the designatum changes, as it would if names were non-rigid descriptions taking the proper scope in modal contexts.

    Rigid Designators

  • Nam profecto aut metus aut injuria te subegit, [257] Silane, consulem designatum, genus poenae novum decernere.

    C. Sallusti Crispi De Bello Catilinario Et Jugurthino

  • Nobilissimum designatum, participem quoque regni ani, successoremque creavit. '

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Being A Condensed Translation Of The Variae Epistolae Of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator

  • According to some philosophers (Salmon 1981, p. 33 note 35), it would be metaphysically possible to coin non-rigid directly referential expressions, by devising some means of assuring that they change their designatum from world to world; even this claim may be controversial (cf. Soames 2002, pp. 264 “ 5; King

    Rigid Designators


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