Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 165–173

The Propositions We Assert


DOI: 10.1007/s12136-009-0072-2

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Glezakos, S. Acta Anal (2011) 26: 165. doi:10.1007/s12136-009-0072-2


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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