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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (1): 59–117.
Published: 01 January 2015
.... This essay shows that Predicativism does not have this consequence by showing that incomplete definite descriptions in general and incomplete denuded descriptions, such as ‘Ø the Ivan’, in particular are rigid designators. © 2014 by Cornell University 2014 names predicativism referentialism...
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The Philosophical Review (2011) 120 (2): 151–205.
Published: 01 April 2011
... all definite descriptions are “incomplete symbols,” meaning thereby that they have no meaning in isolation but are merely defined in context (compare Russell and Whitehead 1990, 66). The theory, when fully developed, comprises two contextual definitions, which show us how to eliminate descriptions...
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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (1): 119–152.
Published: 01 January 2015
... that even if this were the only reason for using higher-level descriptions, it would still not undermine the distinction between objective chance and epistemic probability, relative to the higher level . However, incomplete information about a system's lower-level state is not the only reason for...
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The Philosophical Review (2016) 125 (1): 83–134.
Published: 01 January 2016
... to the state of the discourse itself. The resulting account is applied to a number of ways of exploiting the lying-misleading distinction, involving conversational implicature, incompleteness, presuppositions, and prosodic focus. The essay shows that assertion, and hence lying, is preserved from...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (2): 219–240.
Published: 01 April 2017
... 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 in the way that *“Cat wants water” does ( Fara 2015a, 94...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (4): 497–537.
Published: 01 October 2002
... DEMONSTRATING AND NECESSITY pointing or hand gesture), and “pure indexicals,” which do not (like ‘I’ 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...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (2): 302–305.
Published: 01 April 2002
... Aristotle on Meaning and Essence, David Charles provides a compre- hensive account of Aristotle’s theory of linguistic signification. The account centers on his description of the kind of thought that (following De Interpreta- tione) mediates the signification relation between words and objects. The...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (1): 99–117.
Published: 01 January 2008
... 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 that...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (4): 525–554.
Published: 01 October 2008
..., 435–36), a descrip- tivist would treat the name as synonymous with the definite description. So long as the antecedent is definite, the results are equivalent: worlds to individuals. They would then be analogous to semantically incomplete descrip...
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The Philosophical Review (2016) 125 (3): 397–430.
Published: 01 July 2016
... we can identify a particular instance for G. And it is this latter condition that is usually associated with the definition of ‘indefinitely extensible’. It's a vestige of the definition's origin in Dummett's intuitionistic interpretation of the paradoxes of set theory. Russell's Paradox and the...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (3): 315–360.
Published: 01 July 2001
... descriptive views of reference-fixing. Indeed, these arguments can be seen as invoking just this sort of reasoning about epistemic possibilities. In considering whether the term ‘Godel’ is a priori equivalent to ‘the prover of the incompleteness of arithmetic’, Kripke considers a certain...
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The Philosophical Review (2008) 117 (2): 275–287.
Published: 01 April 2008
... descriptions always figure in putative examples of substitution-failure in modal contexts, despite the suggestiveness of the contrast with attitude contexts.) However, in the two papers devoted to this topic, (ii) and (iii), Fine grants the first step (56, 113) and instead finds fault with allthe...
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The Philosophical Review (2002) 111 (3): 341–371.
Published: 01 July 2002
... some plural definite descriptions or plural pronouns used deictically do), but nothing in my characterization of designation rules this out. It should be clear that the claim that occurrences of (1), (2), and (3) designate propositions is compatible with a wide variety of theories as to how...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 241–244.
Published: 01 April 2009
... leitmotif. The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 253–255.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 259–261.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 261–266.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2009) 118 (2): 273–276.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The phrase ‘Spinoza’s method’ will immediately suggest the “geomet- rical order” of demonstration promised in the full title of Spinoza’s Ethics (Eth- ica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata), with its full apparatus of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and corollaries. However, it also denotes...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 381–384.
Published: 01 July 2010
... Wittgenstein’s thought as respon- sible for his abandonment of the Picture Theory of propositions: “One is his realization that isolated ostensive definitions are never enough to fix the mean- ings of words; and the other is his rejection of the Realist explanation of the reg- ular use of words” (15...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (3): 384–391.
Published: 01 July 2010
... subtleties of the Tractatus. Thus, Pears sees two developments in Wittgenstein’s thought as respon- sible for his abandonment of the Picture Theory of propositions: “One is his realization that isolated ostensive definitions are never enough to fix the mean- ings of words; and the other is his...