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Singular Reference: A Descriptivist Perspective
Philosophical Studies Series 113
Singular reference is the relation that a singular term has to a corresponding individual. For example, "Obama" singularly refer to the current US president. Descriptivism holds that all singular terms refer by means of a concept associated to the term. The current trend is against this. This book explains in detail (mainly for newcomers) why anti-descriptivism became dominant in spite of its weaknesses and (for experts) how these weaknesses can be overcome by appropriately reviving descriptivism.
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"Orilia's volume, which for the detailed analysis of the problems and for the originality and the insights of the advanced solutions represents one of the most recommended texts for those who are interested in the debate between Descriptivism and Direct Reference Theory about singular reference devices." (Aldo Frigerio, Axiomathes, Vol. 27, 2017)