Leonard Linsky

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Leonard Linsky (1922 – August 27, 2012)[1] was an American philosopher. He was an Emeritus Professor of the University of Chicago. He was known for work on the theory of reference, and also as a historian of early analytical philosophy.[2]

He is cited as an example of the "orthodox view" in the theory of reference.[3] He questioned the "intensional isomorphism" concept of Rudolf Carnap.[4]


Authored Volumes

  • Referring (1967)
  • Names and Descriptions (1977)
  • Oblique Contexts (1983)

Edited Volumes

  • Semantics and the Philosophy of Language: A Collection of Readings (1952)
  • Reference and Modality (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) (1971)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LEONARD LINSKY Obituary: View LEONARD LINSKY's Obituary by Chicago Tribune". Legacy.com. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Emeritus Faculty | The Department of Philosophy | The University of Chicago Division of the Humanities". Philosophy.uchicago.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  3. ^ Nathan U. Salmon, Reference and Essence (1982), p. 11.
  4. ^ Avrum Stroll, Twentieth-century Analytic Philosophy (2000), p. 83.

Further reading[edit]

  • William Tait (editor) (1997), Early Analytic Philosophy: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein; Essays in Honor of Leonard Linsky
  • "Leonard Linsky”, article in Dictionary of Contemporary American Philosophers (Thoemmes Press, 2005)