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.
"...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?