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A modern classic.
am 5. Juli 2000
In this brilliant work Saul Kripke outlines his theory of rigid designation and in doing so reinstitutes a concept pretty much debunked in analytic philosophy since Hume - that of necessity in nature. In this series of lectures Kripke resurrected a branch of philosophy and left a permanent mark on Western thought along with Hilary Putnam's paper 'The meaning of "Meaning"'. Whether or not he was successful in his attempt is questionable. There are powerful arguments against rigid desination, but his attacks on Wittgenstein's work on necessity (notably on the metre bar in Paris and Moses in 'The Philosophical Investigations') and the mind-brain identity theorists (Smart, Lewis and with a proviso Davidson) are unanswerable. A book for any one who wishes to read a living philosopher whose work is already a classic. Also a book that every scientist and technician of the human brain should be forced to read.