- "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity" weaves themes from semantics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Critical reaction has been in a certain way divided.
- Some philosophers, notably two-dimensionalists like Chalmers and Jackson, think that Kripke has underestimated the connections here. He should have identified metaphysical, epistemic, and semantic possibility, at least considered as features of worlds.
- Other philosophers, such as Donnellan and Salmon, have the opposite worry: they think that the weaving together becomes at some points a blurring together.
- Scott Soames's four chapters on Kripke are the latest and most interesting installment in this push-back tradition.
- Soames agrees with Kripke about names' semantic values and how they acquire those values. He agrees with Kripke that there can be contingent a priori truths and necessary a posteriori truths - henceforth, "mixed" truths.
- But these are separate issues for Soames. Names do of course figure in the examples Kripke offers of mixed truths; but just for that reason, the examples give a misleading impression of what is going on.
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