Title

Mill and kripke on proper names and natural kind terms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2013

Abstract

Saul Kripke in his revolutionary and influential series of lectures from the early 1970s (later published as the book Naming and Necessity) famously resurrected John Stuart Mill's theory of proper names. Kripke at the same time rejected Mill's theory of general terms. According to Kripke, many natural kind terms do not fit Mill's account of general terms and are closer to proper names. Unfortunately, Kripke and his followers ignored key passages in Mill's A System of Logic in which Mill enunciates a sophisticated and detailed theory of natural kind terms that anticipates and is in some ways superior to Kripke's. © 2013 BSHP.

Publication Name

British Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume Number

21

First Page

925

Last Page

945

Issue Number

5

DOI

10.1080/09608788.2013.828193

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