Ibn-Sina, Kripke and Umberto Eco on Semantic of Proper and Fictional Names

Document Type : Original Article



My aim in this paper is to show an inconsistency in Umberto Eco's semantic of fictional names as presented in his latest book: Confessions of a Young Novelist. To prepare the ground for my intervention,  I  first of all give a summary of  Kripke's view on proper and fictional names, then I retrieve and record Ibn-Sina's view on proper names as purely denotative and his version of so-called causal theory of proper names. At the end I show, hopefully, a way out of  Eco's seemingly conflicting views.