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