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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 12 May 2017
what a clever bloke!
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on 27 March 2013
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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on 18 February 2009
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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on 22 June 2005
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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