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What are the themes in Naming and Necessity by Saul Kripke? This is a study guide question posted by eNotes Editorial. Please clearly identify at least 3 themes and devote a separate paragraph to a discussion of each one

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Naming and Necessity by Saul Kripke was first published in book form in 1980 and consists mainly of three lectures given at Princeton University, an overview, an essay on the problem of names, and a conclusion. The three lectures were originally given on the following dates:

Lecture I: January 20, 1970
Lecture II: January 22, 1970
Lecture III: January 29, 1970

The first theme of the book is what Richard Rorty has termed the "linguistic turn" in philosophy, a term emphasizing the importance of the study of language usage in philosophy in the modern discipline called "analytic philosophy", which was the dominant school in Anglo-Saxon philosophy of the twentieth century. This linguistic turn is one in which philosophical...

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