I want to parse like Superman (was Re: Identity)
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Jun 24 04:38:33 BST 1999
Miles Sabin scripsit:
> As far as Scott and the author of Waverly are concerned,
> tho', you're dead wrong. We can meaningfully ask,
> Is Scott the author of Waverly?
> and we can also meaningfully ask,
> Does "Scott" denote (in English) the same
> person denoted (in English) by "the author of
> These are _different_ questions.
Perhaps they are. But I believe that in every case that does not
involve non-denoting names (like "Pegasus" or "Woldemar John Cowan"),
the corresponding questions have the same answers.
> The first is about
> Scott (and would also be about the author of Waverly if
> that were a different person). The second is primarily
> about the use of names in English. It's a classic
> use/mention, de dicto/de re thing.
The de dicto/de re distinction is useful when it *distinguishes*
something. In these straight factual questions, I believe that
no distinction is being made.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
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