Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures

2014.09.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Saul A. Kripke, Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures, Oxford University Press, 2013, 170pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Saul A. Kripke, Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures, Oxford University Press, 2013, 170pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199928385. Reviewed by Stuart Brock, Victoria University of Wellington This book is destined to become a philosophical classic, something it already should be. It is the published version of his John Locke Lectures, delivered in 1973. Here, Kripke explores and develops themes from Naming and Necessity (NN), applying ideas from that work to discussions of fictional and mythological discourse, the metaphysics of fictional and non-existent objects, negative existentials, and other related matters. The lectures have been relatively inaccessible for the last forty years -- a single transcript was available from the University of Oxford library -- and so now, for the first time, the lectures will receive the attention and recognition they deserve. Kripke, quite sensibly, decided to make. . .

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