Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Millikan, R. G.: A common structure for concepts of individuals, stuffs, and real kinds: More Mama, more milk, and more mouse

Names, and what they are names of


Greg Carlson a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 carlson@ling.rochester.edu

Abstract

Terms designating substances and kinds function grammatically much like proper names of individuals. This supports Ruth Millikan's theory, but it also poses the question of how we can understand the reference of kind terms when the ontological status of the kind term is uncertain or disputed.



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