Leonard Linsky

Leonard Linsky (1922 – August 27, 2012)[1] was an American philosopher of language. He was an Emeritus Professor of the University of Chicago.

Philosophical work

Linsky was best-known for work on the theory of reference, and also as an historian of early analytical philosophy.[2] He is often cited as an example of the "orthodox view" in the theory of reference.[3] He questioned the "intensional isomorphism" concept of Rudolf Carnap.[4]



  • Referring, London: Routledge & Keagan Paul, 1967.
  • Names and Descriptions, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977.
  • Oblique Contexts, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.


  • Semantics and the Philosophy of Language: A Collection of Readings, Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1952.
  • Reference and Modality (Oxford Readings in Philosophy), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971.

See also


  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, Princeton, NJ: Princeton. University Press 1981, p. 11.
  4. Avrum Stroll, Twentieth-century Analytic Philosophy, Stroll, New York: Columbia University Press, 2000, p. 83.

Further reading

  • William Tait (ed.), Early Analytic Philosophy: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein; Essays in Honor of Leonard Linsky, Chicago, Ill.: Open Court, 1997.
  • "Leonard Linsky”, article in Dictionary of Contemporary American Philosophers, Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2005.

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