Fixing Reference by Maximising Knowledge

Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Abstract

This paper explores the idea inspired by Williamson (2007) that the meaning of a name is the object such that assigning it as referent maximises knowledge. After situating this idea in a charity-based tradition of interpretation and making it more precise, I argue that it suffers from serious problems. I then show why these problems raise a challenge for charity-based frameworks more generally.

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Atheer Al-Khalfa
Australian Catholic University

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