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Theory of Descriptions

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ISBN-10: 0230201164

ISBN-13: 9780230201163

Edition: 2011

Authors: Graham Stevens

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 197
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Series Editor's Preface
Introduction
The Theory
Denoting phrases
Singular terms
The theory of descriptions
Scope
The reception of the theory of descriptions
History I: The 1903 Theory of Denoting
Introduction
The standard reading
Russell's alleged 'Meinongianism'
The 1903 theory of denoting
Rejecting the Meinongian interpretation (I): empty denoting phrases
Rejecting the Meinongian interpretation (II): empty proper names
Rejecting the Meinongian interpretation (III): denying existence
Conclusion
History II: 'On Denoting' and the Genesis of the Theory of Descriptions
The theory of descriptions and the theory of types
The Gray's Elegy Argument
Descriptions and Logical Form
Introduction
Descriptions as quantifiers and the LF hypothesis
Incomplete symbols - the objections
Incomplete symbols - responding to the objections
Incomplete symbols and object independence
Conclusion
Extending the Theory I: Complex Demonstratives
Complex demonstratives and the orthodox view
Syntactic data against the orthodox view
Semantic data against the orthodox view
Quantificational analyses
The semantics and pragmatics of 'that' and 'the'
Extending the Theory II: Indexicality
Russell on egocentric particulars
Contemporary work: Kaplan's indexical semantics
Problems for the contemporary view
A Russellian response: the inner and the outer spaces of egocentric semantics
The egocentric character of singular thought
Russell and the Philosophy of Language
Notes
Bibliography
Index