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Varieties of Rigidity

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In this paper certain aspects of rigidity are studied through Hintikka’s work in modal semantics. The paper surveys Hintikka’s extraordinary struggles with rigidity from the late 50’s to this millennium. I argue that Hintikka’s many ambivalent remarks concerning rigidity become more comprehensible if, first, three different variants of rigidity are distinguished and, second, Hintikka’s largely implicit doctrine of semantic neo-Kantianism is made explicit.

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Correspondence to Tuukka Tanninen.

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I thank Andreas Fjellstad, Antti Keskinen, and Gabriel Sandu for discussions concerning the topics of this paper, and the anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.

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Tanninen, T. Varieties of Rigidity. Log. Univers. 13, 219–240 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11787-018-0199-2

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Keywords

  • Rigid designator
  • Kripke
  • Hintikka
  • Semantics
  • Quantification

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  • Primary 03A05
  • Secondary 03B42
  • 03B45
  • 03B65