L’imperscrutabilità del riferimento
Pre-analytical insights at the guide of our linguistic practices, along with some semantic theories, suggest that the referential particles of a given language bear fully defined relations with the objects of the world. In particular, any term, be it a name or a predicate, refers only to its denotation or to the elements of its extension. Nevertheless, some philosophers argued that reference is indeterminate. According to them, denotations of names and extensions of predicates cannot be determined by any fact of the matter. In this work, two arguments supporting the inscrutability of reference and related criticisms are described. Furthermore, the main ontological, metaphysical and epistemological implications of the inscrutability of reference are addressed.