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.