The Conflict of Rigidity and Precision in Designation

Logos and Episteme 11 (1):19-27 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


My paper provides reasons in support of the view that vague identity claims originate from a conflict between rigidity and precision in designation. To put this stricly, let x be the referent of the referential terms P and Q. Then, that the proposition “that any x being both a P and a Q” is vague involves that the semantic intuitions at work in P and Q reveal a conflict between P and Q being simultaneously rigid and precise designators. After having shortly commented on an example of vague identity claim, I make the case for my proposal, by discussing how reference by baptism conflicts with descriptive attitudes towards understanding conceptual contents.

Author's Profile

Daniele Bertini
University Of Rome 2, Tor Vergata


Added to PP

423 (#40,558)

6 months
93 (#47,398)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?