A Discussion of Kaplan’s and Frege’s Theories of Demonstratives

 Ronald Heisser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

ABSTRACT: In this paper I claim that Kaplan’s argument of the Fregean theory of demonstratives rests on a faulty assumption, namely that its analytical powers go farther than the scope of the theory. There are two parts to my discussion: In the first part I will summarize Kaplan’s discussion of Frege’s and his own theory of demonstratives, and in the second part I will provide my own argument to challenge the strength of Kaplan’s theory as a whole. I have provided some paragraph headers to guide my discussion.