Intuitions About the Reference of Proper Names: A Meta-Analysis

Noah van Dongen, Matteo Colombo*, Felipe Romero, Jan Sprenger

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The finding that intuitions about the reference of proper names vary cross-culturally (Machery et al.Cognition92: 1-12.2004) was one of the early milestones in experimental philosophy. Many follow-up studies investigated the scope and magnitude of such cross-cultural effects, but our paper provides the first systematic meta-analysis of studies replicating (Machery et al.Cognition92: 1-12.2004). In the light of our results, we assess the existence and significance of cross-cultural effects for intuitions about the reference of proper names.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745–774
Number of pages30
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Early online date20-Sept-2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Semantic intuitions
  • Theory of reference
  • Proper names
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Meta-analysis
  • Experimental philosophy

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