Language, Names, and Information
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Challenges current pervasive view that the description theory of reference for proper names has been refuted
- Discusses several topics at the center of current debates, including representation and information, two-dimensionalism, possible worlds, and broad vs. narrow content
- Maintains the conversational and somewhat informal tone of the original lectures upon which the book is based
Lecture One: The Debate over the Theory of Reference for Proper Names.
Lecture Two: Understanding, Representation, Information.
Lecture Three: Ir-content and the Set of Worlds Where a Sentence is True.
Lecture Four: Two Spaceism.
Lecture Five: The Informational Value of Names.
—Robert Stalnaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology