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- From: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 23:00:48 -0400 (EDT)
Reynolds, Gregg scripsit:
> You should quote, not only the names "Clark Kent" and "Superman",
> but all others as well.
I quote something when I mention it, and don't quote it when I use it
to refer to its referent (denotation). Thus:
"Clark Kent" has nine letters.
Clark Kent has X-ray vision.
> The question is perhaps more fruitfully stated as
> "how can we determine that two names have the same denotation". The classic
> example is: the names "Sir Walter Scott" and "the author of Waverly" have
> the same denotation, whether anybody knows it or not (although they may have
> different senses). But we can't directly talk about any denotation; we can
> only use names. So "Clark Kent" and "Superman", qua names, have the same
> denotation, whether "Lois" gets it or not. They also have clearly different
> meanings, as "Lois" would surely attest.
I agree with this, but I have a definition of "meaning" that isn't
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