Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 165-173

First online:

The Propositions We Assert

  • Stavroula GlezakosAffiliated withPhilosophy Department, Wake Forest University Email author 

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According to Scott Soames, proper names have no descriptive meaning. Nonetheless, Soames maintains that proper names are typically used to make descriptive assertions. In this paper, I challenge Soames’ division between meaning and what is asserted, first by arguing that competent speakers always make descriptive assertions with name-containing sentences, and then by defending an account of proper name meaning that accommodates this fact.


Proper names Descriptions Assertion Propositions Meaning