volume 39, issue 3, P369-385 2012
DOI: 10.1163/15406253-03903005
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Dan Robins

Abstract: The Later Moists grounded our linguistic abilities in our ability to distinguish between kinds on the basis of manifest similarities and differences among things. Proper names, however, require a different treatment. According to the Moists, when we use a proper name, we borrow a word for one kind of thing and use it to refer to something else, as when we name dogs “crane.”This view probably responds in part to arguments that the possibility of using any word to refer to any thing threatens the stability of la…

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