, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 263–283

Complex Demonstratives Qua Singular Terms

  • Eros Corazza

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024626512774

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Corazza, E. Erkenntnis (2003) 59: 263. doi:10.1023/A:1024626512774


In a recent book, Jeffrey King (King 2001) argues that complexdemonstratives, i.e., noun phrases of the form `this/that F’, are not singular terms. As such,they are not devices of direct reference contributing the referent to the proposition expressed.In this essay I challenge King's position and show how a direct reference view can handle the datahe proposes in favor of the quantificational account. I argue that when a complex demonstrativecannot be interpreted as a singular term, it is best understood as a case of deferredreference – in which case it should be viewed as an anaphora inheriting its value from a quantifiedterm – or as an emphatic description.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eros Corazza
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of NottinghamUniversity Park Nottingham