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Readership: Scholars and advanced students
of philosophy and semantics.
John Hawthorne, Magdalen College, Oxford, and David Manley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
John Hawthorne is Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford, having previously been Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His books include Knowledge and Lotteries, Metaphysical Essays, and Relativism and Monadic Truth.
David Manley is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His papers have appeared in such journals as Mind, The Journal of Philosophy, Noûs, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
"All in all, The Reference Book is one of the most important contributions to the philosophy of language of the past few years. Acquaintance theorists will have to engage with the criticisms of their views offered in the first part of the book. The unified account of noun phrases defended in the second part will be a central contestant in the debate over the semantics of noun phrases. And the wealth of examples discussed throughout will provide an invaluable source for semanticists and philosophers of language. There is no doubt in my mind that The Reference Book is to become a standard reference for future work on singular thought and the semantics of noun
phrases." - Luca Incurvati, Analysis
"...a wonderful book. The authors' writing style is lively...readable, and clear, and their very careful consideration of all sides of every issue should leave readers with a whole new appreciation of the complexity of those issues, and a sense that many of their automatic assumptions about the functioning of NPs in English (and most likely other languages as well) need to be revised." - Barbara Abbott, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"[an] excellent book ...exemplifies today's philosophy of language at its best." - Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement
Part I: Against acquaintance
1: Introduction: reference and singular thought
2: A defense of liberalism
3: Epistemic acquaintance
Part II: Beyond acquaintance
4: From the specific to the singular
5: What 'the'?
6: Whither reference?