In this fascinating work, Scott Soames offers a new conception of the relationship between linguistic meaning and assertions made by utterances. He gives meanings of proper names and natural kind predicates and explains their use in attitude ascriptions. He also demonstrates the irrelevance of rigid designation in understanding why theoretical identities containing such predicates are necessary, if true.
Readership: Students and scholars of linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and semiotics.
Scott Soames, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
"This book makes a serious and original contribution to revising and progressing Kripke's semantic programme." - The Philosophical Quarterly
"Soames has written an excellent book that contains a wealth of interesting and insightful material, including a strong case in favour of his Millian-Russellian theory. His book should be mandatory reading for all advocates and critics of Millianism, and for all semanticists interested in proper names, attitude ascriptions, and kind terms. I strongly recommend it." - Linguistics and Philosophy
"This excellent book is aptly titled ... Soames touches on a wide variety of semantic topics, all of which he treats with his characteristically high degree of clarity,
depth, and precision. Anyone who is interested in the semantic issues raised by Naming and Necessity, or in more recent work on proper names, attitude ascriptions, and natural kind terms, will find this book indispensable." - Linguistics and Philosophy