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On descriptivism and natural kind terms. Reply to fernández moreno
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GÓMEZ-TORRENTE, Mario. On descriptivism and natural kind terms. Reply to fernández moreno. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 43, n. 4, p. 86–96, 2021. Disponível em: Acesso em: 18 jul. 2024.


Luis Fernández Moreno has given a number of arguments that descriptive knowledge or stipulations have a greater role in the fixing of the reference of natural kind terms than I allow in my book Roads to Reference. In this note I criticize Fernández Moreno’s arguments.

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Fernández Moreno, L. (2020), “Reference Theories and the Relevance of Descriptions”, Manuscrito, this issue.

Gómez-Torrente, M. (2019), Roads to Reference. An Essay on Reference Fixing in Natural Language, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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