One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A term that identifies the same object or individual in every possible world.
- ‘Let's call something a rigid designator if in every possible world it designates the same object, a non-rigid or accidental designator if that is not the case.’
- ‘All these symbols are to be regarded as rigid designators.’
- ‘Kripke held that the behavior of names in these environments can only be explained if we think of the names as being rigid designators - i.e., as devices which rigidly pick out an individual across possible worlds.’
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