What is A Rigid Designator?

My name is Matt Whitlock. A Rigid Designator is my blog about philosophy, film, literature, pop culture and so on. I recently finished an undergraduate degree in philosophy at UC Berkeley. I am not currently pursuing philosophy academically, but I intend to post somewhat regularly my thoughts and musings. I will also post on other topics I find interesting. I hope for this blog to serve as a discussion prompt for  friends and as an archive of my studies.

My current interests include the following: Analytic/Continental divide, Kierkegaard, the philosophical significance of fiction, and Hegel.

For information on rigid designators, check out the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on them; or, if you are too lazy for the SEP, I have written a short essay on how rigid designators were used to refute identity theory in the philosophy of mind. Then there’s the Wikipedia page. And if you are too lazy for that, “rigid designator” is fancy philosopher lingo for the best kind of name something can have.

Please leave constructive comments of any form. I should greatly enjoy a critique of my ideas, writing style, grammar, spelling, page layout, and so on.


2 Responses to What is A Rigid Designator?

  1. Martin says:

    Its nice to see a student with so much commitment and aptitude to maintain a whole website. I just started studying philosophy, and seems great for clarifiying ideas. I think this page will go in my bookmarks now, thanks a lot.

  2. dave gregoire says:

    I remember (vaguely, it was a loooong time ago) reading Heidegger and thinking: he never, ever uses one word or expression where 25 or 30 will sufficiently obfuscate things. Perhaps I could fault the translation, but I had the same problem with the theologian David Tracy. Ok, I qualify as one of the lazy ones. I like to get to the essence, the abstraction, the idea of things as quickly as possible. Who knows, maybe I’m border line ADHD as seems to be a current meme. Anyway, thanks. I found your post “Heidegger on Philosophy Itself” to be lucid and enriching. Keep writing! It is a skill at least as difficult as baseball and, unlike sports, you can continue to improve for as long as you live.

    With pleasure, I’ve added your blog to my list of favorites

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