Two Types of Rigid Designation
Einheuser (Iris)
Source: Dialectica, 59.3, September 2005, pp. 367-374(8)
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  1. The notion of a rigid designator was originally introduced with respect to a modal1 semantics in which only one world, the world of evaluation, is shifted.
  2. Several philosophical applications employ a modal2 semantics which shifts not just the world of evaluation, but also the world considered as actual.
  3. How should the notion of a rigid designator be generalized in this setting?
  4. In this note, I show that there are two options and argue that, for the currently most popular application of two-dimensional modal3 semantics, proper names ought to be treated as rigid relative to the world considered as actual.

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