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   RE: Ownership of Names (was Re: Public identifiers and topic maps)

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  • From: <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 15:29:41 +0100

-----Original Message-----
From: Miles Sabin 
Sent: 30 September 1998 3:24 pm
To: 'Sam Hunting'
Subject: RE: Ownership of Names (was Re: Public identifiers and topic

Sam Hunting wrote,

> (Wittgenstein would, I think, call your mapping a kind of
> "ostensive definition" -- a theory of language that he made
> it his later life's work, if not to refute, at least to
> enrich.)

Quite a lot of recent philosophical work on naming and
reference would seem to be relevant to this thread.

I think readers of this list will find,

  Saul Kripke, _Naming_and_Necessity_, Blackwell, 1979
  Hilary Putnam, _Reason_truth_and_History_, Cambridge UP

a bit more accessible than Wittgenstein.

That said ... if this is a big issue for XML then we
could be in for trouble: I smell intractable problems.



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