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Canonical naming systems

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229 - 257
Number of pages29
JournalMinds and Machines
Volume15 (2)
DatePublished - May 2005


This paper outlines a framework for the abstract investigation of the concept of canonicity of names and of naming systems. Degrees of canonicity of names and of naming systems are distinguished. The structure of the degrees is investigated, and a notion of relative canonicity is defined. The notions of canonicity are formally expressed within a Carnapian system of second-order modal logic.

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