Bachelor of Arts
Frank Jackson, Scott Soames, Two-dimensionalism, Necessary A Posteriori, Descriptivism, Anti-Descriptivism
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.
Morris, Brendan Scott, "A Defense of Frank Jackson's Two-Dimensional Analysis of the Necessary A Posteriori from Scott Soames' Anti-Two-Dimensionalist Attacks" (2008). Honors Papers. 440.