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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (1): 59–117.
Published: 01 January 2015
...; they are predicates that are true of their bearers. When a name appears as a bare singular in argument position, it really occupies the predicate position of what in this essay is called a denuded definite description : a definite description with an unpronounced definite article. Sloat provided good evidence...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (2): 314–316.
Published: 01 April 2008
... descriptions, proper names, and pronouns are the same—they have the same syntactic as well as semantic structure. They are definite descriptions, with the definite article THE taking two arguments, an index andaNoun Phrase. Elbourne’s proposal targets two dominant views, one in linguistics, the other...
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The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (1): 53–94.
Published: 01 January 2020
... kind of descriptive element involving a naming constraint. 4 For example, the meaning of the name in ‘Del Naja’ (6) is sometimes argued to be equivalent to a definite description whose restrictor expresses one of the naming constraints in (6a)–(6d). 5 (6) Del Naja is a musician...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (4): 525–554.
Published: 01 October 2008
... to the description theory (“descriptivism names are seman- tic kin to definite descriptions.3 Others (such as Burge [1973]) have 1. The name ‘Ernest’ occurring in the construction is mentioned rather than used. 2. See also Grice 1969, Donnellan 1974, Salmon...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (2): 219–240.
Published: 01 April 2017
... they appear to do so, they are, at the level of logical form, directly preceded by the null definite with which they form a definite description. So there will be no ungrammatical sentences containing bare singular name count nouns in argument position that wear their ungrammaticality on their sleeves...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (1): 99–117.
Published: 01 January 2008
... a common semantic feature as a result of which they exhibit the same differences in behavior with definite descriptions is unaffected. Hence, the evidence that all occurrences of complex demonstratives share a uni- fied semantics (contrary to the +DRCD that is the conjunction of DRCD and the claim...
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The Philosophical Review (2011) 120 (2): 151–205.
Published: 01 April 2011
.... It is worth noting that one view of the semantics of definite descriptions that is rejected in “On Denoting” would also resolve the puzzle. This is Russell’s view in the 157 IAN PROOPS The Theory of Descriptions explains why the phrase...
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The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (3): 373–378.
Published: 01 July 2022
... uses of pictures, the subject of chapter 4, are distinguished from the attributive uses discussed above, following Keith S. Donellan’s (1966) classic reading of definite descriptions. Referential uses function to deliver an object, rather than a description of an object, to the thought expressed...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (4): 497–537.
Published: 01 October 2002
...’ or ‘tomorrow4 Moreover, according to Kaplan, demonstrations function rather like context-dependent definite descriptions: when performed (“mounted”) in a particular context, a demonstration takes on a representational content that determines an object with respect to a possible circumstance. Which content...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (4): 605–609.
Published: 01 October 2002
... expression was employed in Gareth Evans’s 1979, where Evans argued from the possibility of quantifying into definite descriptions (as in his example ‘The father of each girl is good to her’) to the conclusion that definite descriptions are not referring expressions. Evans concluded that the existence...
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The Philosophical Review (2004) 113 (3): 432–434.
Published: 01 July 2004
..., no definite description. This problem is not of marginal importance. Although he initially states that the presumed descrip- tive material only “generally” accompanies the ostensive act, Berger later insists 432 BOOK REVIEWS...
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The Philosophical Review (2013) 122 (4): 577–617.
Published: 01 October 2013
.... The essay also compares the framework defended with an alternative account of similar phenomena by Kai Wehmeier. Lewis gives examples that do not on the surface involve a definite description or other quantifier, but instead a comparative construction. He states that they involve wide-scope reference...
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The Philosophical Review (2019) 128 (1): 63–105.
Published: 01 January 2019
... the (a)- and (b)-sentences above have different truth conditions, if the (c)-sentences are true? Plausibly, it is because the definite descriptions the cause of World War I , the assassination of Franz Ferdinand , and the number of insect species on Earth do not refer to the thing that caused World War I...
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The Philosophical Review (2018) 127 (2): 151–196.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and Definite Descriptions .” Philosophical Review 75 : 281 – 304 . Dorr Cian 2010 . “ Of Numbers and Electrons .” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 110 ( 2, part 2 ): 133 – 81 . Edelberg Walter 1986 . “ A New Puzzle About Intentional Identity .” Journal of Philosophical...
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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (3): 430–437.
Published: 01 July 2015
... a particularly tall man. In general, sentences containing unembedded occurrences of superlative definite descriptions will typically be neither positive nor antipositive. ‘Temperature’ sentences appear to pose counterexamples to Chalmers's claim that all truths are scrutable from positive and antipositive...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (3): 473–478.
Published: 01 July 2002
... at all) instead. This differentiates them from ordinary definite descriptions and makes them akin to proper names. Romeo could sin- cerely insist: (2) Juliet is and always will be the sun—even at times in the future when lik- ening a girl to the sun would be a way of saying her company...
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The Philosophical Review (2018) 127 (4): 433–485.
Published: 01 October 2018
... in a context which delivers a conceptual cover that includes the intension of ‘the red ticket’, since that definite description occurs explicitly in the sentence. But (11) will be inconsistent-in- , in the sense that for any state s , s [ ( 11 ) ] = ∅︀ , given that contains c...
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The Philosophical Review (2004) 113 (1): 89–100.
Published: 01 January 2004
... and Phenomenological Research 44 : 227 -39. ____. 1980 . A More General Theory of Definite Descriptions. Philosophical Review 89 : 607 -24. Simons, P. 1987 . Parts: A Study in Ontology . New York: Oxford University Press. Zimmerman, D. 1995 . Theories of Masses and Problems of Constitution...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (4): 635–638.
Published: 01 October 2001
.... To begin with, I think this both (i) does not appreciate Russell’s conception of the structure of propositions expressed with definite descriptions and (ii) insufficiently consid- ers the sort of empirical content indefinite thoughts—such as, an F is G—can enjoy; but let this pass too. The Fregean...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (3): 371–374.
Published: 01 July 2014
... by anaphoric links and reference borrowing, as in Kripke's causal account. Reflexive contents are discussed in relation to the use of singular terms, as will be exemplified below. Demonstratives, indexicals, names, and definite descriptions are treated in one chapter each, and one more is devoted...