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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very readable, 18 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Naming and Necessity (Paperback)
I'd just like to correct one of the reviewers below - Kripke didn't write for a restricted audience. The book is a transcription of a series of lectures he gave at an American university (I forget which), so if he seems wordy, this is attributable to the clarity of meaning lost in the transcription from spoken to written language.

The book itself is split into three lectures - Kripke can be summarised as arguing against the Frege-Russell thesis (the idea that proper names in natural language can be analysed as definite descriptions or as clusters of definite descriptions). His modal, epistemic and semantic arguments are contributions to this. He introduces the notion of rigid designation to support his claim to a causal-historical theory of reference for proper names, and extends this in the third lecture to a semi-Aristotelian scientific essentialism, a consequence of which is, if water is H2O, then water is necessarily H2O.

It's not intended to be hugely accessible, but it transpires that it is because it was given as lectures. If you want a more modern take on what is a very important debate in philosophical logic, then buy this book. If you don't, don't buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely ESSENTIAL primer for Anglo-Germanic Philosophy, 15 May 2014
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This review is from: Naming and Necessity (Library of Philosophy & Logic) (Paperback)
Before even thinking about serious analytic philosophy down from Carnap, Godel, Tarski et al, you really must start here.

The title is no snappy gimmick, the book simply does what it says it does: the book concerns the old analytic/synthetic distinction, sharpened by Frege and later framed as 'necessary' versus 'contingent'.

But if we name something, then is calling it such a 'necessary' or a 'contingent' truth? If this book melts your brainn a bit, and it certainly did mine, then beware that rather too austere logical-positivist tradition.

But if logic appeals rather than frightens, always room for one more inside. Try it and see?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Book, 27 Mar 2013
This review is from: Naming and Necessity (Library of Philosophy & Logic) (Paperback)
If you are in the analytic tradition of philosophy and you want to retain an interest in metaphysical and other philosophical debates, then this book gives you a means of doing this. Giving you a defense against some of the trends towards conventionalism and pragmatism and holism which aim to end the debate in metaphysics altogether. It also gives you some great arguments against reductionist views such as identity theorists in the philosophy of mind. The most key philosophical work of the second half of the 20th century in the analytic tradition.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critical knowledge, well written, 22 Jun 2005
This review is from: Naming and Necessity (Library of Philosophy & Logic) (Paperback)
Kripke's work on naming and reference was a revolution, this book is essential if you need, as I did, to fully understand the roots of kinds and reference. I am perhaps being mean with my four stars, but I believe him to be somewhat wordy, not being quite as articulate as he is capable. I dislike any form academic inaccessability and Kripke is guilty of writing, in places, only for his peers.
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