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


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.