The syntax and semantics of names
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This dissertation adjudicates a recent debate concerning the syntax and semantics of names. I argue that Referentialism, the view that names are fundamentally singular terms (expressions whose extensions are individuals), is better than the alternative view, Predicativism, the view that names are fundamentally predicates (expressions whose extensions are sets of individuals). My case is largely negative and concerns problems I see inherent in both the general Predicativist position as well as specific instantiations of it (so-called Definite Article Predicativism and Demonstrative Predicativism), as well as various motivational problems with both the general and specific views. After pointing out the flaws in the general position, I turn a critical eye on the specific instantiations. I spend more time discussing the pitfalls of Definite Article Predicativism than Demonstrative Predicativism since it is, in my opinion, the more plausible view. The arguments against these views turn largely on syntactic data. Finally, I tell a positive story about how Referentialism can account for the existence of predicative constructions involving names, which constructions are the primary motivation for Predicativism. This story involves appealing to the independently motivated phenomenon of deferred interpretation.