Naming and Necessity

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PREFACE Originally I had intended to revise or augment Naming and Necessity extensively. Considerable time has elapsed, and I have come to realize that any extensive revision or expansion would delay the appearance of a separate, less expensive edition of Naming and Necessity indefinitely. Further, as far as revision is concerned, there is something to be said for preserving a work in its original form, warts and all. I have thus followed a very conservative policy of correction for the present printing. Obvious printing errors have been corrected, and slight changes have been made to make various sentences or formulations clearer.1 A good indication of niy conservative policy is in foomote 56. In that footnote the letter-nomenclature for the various objects involved, inexplicably garbled in the original printing, has been corrected; but I make no mention of the fact that the argument of the footnote now seems to me to have problems which I did not know when I wrote it and which at least require further discussion.2 The same considerations lead me to give up any serious attempt to use this preface to an~plify my previous argument, to fill in lacunae, or to deal with serious criticisnis or difficulties. 1 I thank Margaret Gilbert for her valuable help in this editing. e Although I have not had time for careful study of Nathan Salmon's criti- cism (Journal qfphilosophy (1g7g), pp. 703-25) of this footnote, it seems likely that his criticism of the argument, though related to mine, is not the same and reconstructs it in a way that does not correspond to my exact intent and makes the argument unnecessarily weak. Also, I think I had no ambition in this short footnote rigorously to prove 'essentialism from the theory of reference' alone. The foomote was so compressed that readers might easily reconstruct the details in differing ways.
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2 N A M I N G A N D NECESSITY Obviously, aside from such amplification in the preface, there are passages in the monograph other than just footnote 56 that I might modify. I do stand by the principal theses of my work, and the pressure for much revision is not intense. I will, how- ever, use this preface briefly to describe the background and genesis of the leading ideas of this nionograph, and to discuss a few niisapprehensions that seem to be common. I am afraid that I must disappoint those readers who already found the exposition in the monograph satisfactory on these points. Relatively little will be added to deal with what I see as the more substantive problems of the nionograph. The issues explained further-mostly related to modality and rigid designation-may already have been clear to most readers. On the other hand, those readers who felt sympathetic to some of the objections mentioned here may well be justified in wishing for a more thorough treatment. I fear that in most cases, the treatment of disputed points allowable in the space of a preface is simply too short to convince n:any readers who were inclined to believe the objections. To some extent, brief
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