Degree Year

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Philosophy

Advisor(s)

Dorit Ganson

Keywords

Frank Jackson, Scott Soames, Two-dimensionalism, Necessary A Posteriori, Descriptivism, Anti-Descriptivism

Abstract

In his "Reference and Description," Scott Soames raises a number of objections against the two-dimensionalists and their analysis of the necessary a posteriori. Frank Jackson is just one of several two-dimensionalists whose analysis of the necessary a posteriori comes under attack from Scott Soames. This paper is meant as a defense of Frank Jackson from the objections of Scott Soames. It begins with a summary of traditional descriptivism and Saul Kripke's anti-descriptivist objections to that view, followed by a summary of Jackson's two-dimensional analysis of the necessary a posteriori. The paper then provides a summary of Scott Soames' objections to Frank Jackson's two-dimensional program, followed by responses to those objections.

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