A note on mental content in the Causal Theory

Smit, J. P. (2013)

CITATION: Smit, J. P. 2013. A note on mental content in the Causal Theory. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics, 42:77-80, doi:10.5774/42-0-138.

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Kripke's causal theory requires that downstream users of a name must have the intention to use the name in the same way that upstream users did. Kripke, however, has demonstrated no need for this requirement qua independent condition. He is antecedently committed to a distinction between baptismal use and downstream use. Any plausible construal of this distinction will block the problem that this condition is supposed to solve.

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