Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 165–173 | Cite as

The Propositions We Assert



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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