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Saul Kripke is one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His most celebrated work, Naming and Necessity, makes arguably the most important contribution to the philosophy of language and metaphysics in recent years, subverting the established theories and challenging philosophers to reassess their thought. In the book, Harold Noonan introduces and assesses: Kripke's life and the background to his philosophy the ideas and text of Naming and Necessity the continuing importance of Kripke's work to the philosophy of language and metaphysics. The Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Kripke and Naming and Necessityis an ideal starting point for anyone coming to his great work for the first time. It is essential reading for philosophy students taking courses in philosophy of language, metaphysics, logic, or the history of analytic philosophy.