|de re, philosophy: statements that refer to non-linguistic objects are de re. Here, most authors assume that the ascribed properties are contingent. An exception is essentialism which ascribes certain necessary properties to objects. See also de dicto, necessity de re, contingency, modality, essentialism.|
|Perry, John R.
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|de re||VII 48ff
Singular terms/Quine: designate ("name"). - A general term: means (denotes). - (> description).
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