Identity and Intensional Objects

  • M. J. Cresswell
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 36)


There are at least two competing approaches to the problem of the analysis of identity statements in intensional languages. One is based on Russell’s theory of descriptions and denies that definite descriptions can always be treated as names. The other claims that they are indeed names, but names, not of the ordinary things they appear to be names of, but names of intensional objects. My aim in this chapter is to chew that a neo-Russellian approach provides more adequate analysis than the intensional objects approach.


Southern Hemisphere Definite Description Ordinary Language Syntactical Category Intensional Object 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Cresswell
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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