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Saul Kripke Synopsis

This collection of essays on Saul Kripke and his philosophy is the first and only collection of essays to examine both published and unpublished writings by Kripke. Its essays, written by distinguished philosophers in the field, present a broader picture of Kripke's life and work than has previously been available to scholars of his thought. New topics covered in these essays include vacuous names and names in fiction, Kripke on logicism and de re attitude toward numbers, Kripke on the incoherency of adopting a logic, Kripke on colour words and his criticism of the primary versus secondary quality distinction, and Kripke's critique of functionalism. These essays not only present Kripke's basic arguments but also engage with the arguments and controversies engendered by his work, providing the most comprehensive analysis of his philosophy and writings available. This collection will become a classic in contemporary analytic philosophy.

Saul Kripke Press Reviews

...This is a consistently stimulating book, chocked-full of interesting interpretations of Kripke's philosophy of language. Most of the contributions are instructive and insightful. --George Lazaroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Analysis and Metaphysics If Kripke did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. If it were necessary to invent K, it would be possible to invent K. If K could be invented by J, and K innovated I, then J could have innovated I. For most ideas, I, recounted or reappraised in this first-rate collection of original essays on Kripke's philosophical work: only K could have innovated I.... Berger's anthology has been a long time coming, but it comes at a good time... --Alexis Burgess, Stanford University, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ...this volume is a welcome and eminently worthwhile contribution. It is a very significant event in the history of Kripke scholarship, both in terms of its dissemination of Kripke's unpublished work and in the way that it brings together top scholars in the field to continue grappling with problems developed and inspired by Kripke's published work. Most of these papers are not accessible to neophytes, but this is important reading for experts in these fields. --Philosophy in Review, Arthur Sullivan, Memorial University

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521674980
Publication date: 13th June 2011
Author: Alan (Brandeis University, Massachusetts) Berger
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 382 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -,

About Alan (Brandeis University, Massachusetts) Berger

Alan Berger is a professor of philosophy at Brandeis University and a visiting professor at MIT. He formerly served as director of the Saul Kripke Center and is the author of Terms and Truth: Reference Direct and Anaphoric (2002) and numerous articles in scholarly journals including the Journal of Philosophy and Nous.

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