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 Saul Kripke

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Bay Shore, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Death
15 Sep 2022 (aged 77)
Plainsboro, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
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Philosopher. Best known as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century in the field of philosophy of language and logic, author of the causal theory of reference. After a double degree in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard University, Kripke began his academic career as a lecturer at Rockefeller University in New York, where he taught from 1968 to 1976, before moving to Princeton University in 1977, of which he was emeritus professor. Among his most important publications are "Naming and Necessity" (1972), "Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language: an Elementary Exposition" (1982), "Philosophical Troubles. Collected Papers Vol. 1" (2011) and "Reference and Existence – The John Locke Lectures" (2013). Accompanied from his early academic debut by an aura of genius, the figure of Saul Kripke is one of the most anecdotal, fascinating and discussed in contemporary analytic philosophy. Since the early 1960s, his ideas have marked a turning point, bringing new issues and problem to the fores. At the same time, Kripke's work is often difficult for non-experts because it makes use of subtle and profound targeted arguments, contained in a small number of texts, and unfolds along some technical passages. The philosopher elaborated a formal semantics for intuitionistic and modal logic, subsequently extending the results of the latter to the philosophical analysis of the reference of natural language terms. Hence the causal theory of reference, according to which the reference of a term 't' is determined by a causal link that connects every possible use of 't' to the object that was associated with it at the time of its introduction into the language . A proper noun is also conceived as a "rigid designator", that is, a term that designates the same individual in every "possible world" in which it has a referent, and the identity assertions in which it appears are considered "metaphysically necessary", that is true in every possible world. Kripke also proposed an original theory of truth that manages to eliminate some drawbacks of the theory of mathematician and logician Alfred Tarski related to paradoxes. The philosopher was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among the numerous awards, honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Haifa, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Nebraska.

Philosopher. Best known as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century in the field of philosophy of language and logic, author of the causal theory of reference. After a double degree in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard University, Kripke began his academic career as a lecturer at Rockefeller University in New York, where he taught from 1968 to 1976, before moving to Princeton University in 1977, of which he was emeritus professor. Among his most important publications are "Naming and Necessity" (1972), "Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language: an Elementary Exposition" (1982), "Philosophical Troubles. Collected Papers Vol. 1" (2011) and "Reference and Existence – The John Locke Lectures" (2013). Accompanied from his early academic debut by an aura of genius, the figure of Saul Kripke is one of the most anecdotal, fascinating and discussed in contemporary analytic philosophy. Since the early 1960s, his ideas have marked a turning point, bringing new issues and problem to the fores. At the same time, Kripke's work is often difficult for non-experts because it makes use of subtle and profound targeted arguments, contained in a small number of texts, and unfolds along some technical passages. The philosopher elaborated a formal semantics for intuitionistic and modal logic, subsequently extending the results of the latter to the philosophical analysis of the reference of natural language terms. Hence the causal theory of reference, according to which the reference of a term 't' is determined by a causal link that connects every possible use of 't' to the object that was associated with it at the time of its introduction into the language . A proper noun is also conceived as a "rigid designator", that is, a term that designates the same individual in every "possible world" in which it has a referent, and the identity assertions in which it appears are considered "metaphysically necessary", that is true in every possible world. Kripke also proposed an original theory of truth that manages to eliminate some drawbacks of the theory of mathematician and logician Alfred Tarski related to paradoxes. The philosopher was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among the numerous awards, honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Haifa, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Nebraska.

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