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5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 2. Descriptions / c. Theory of definite descriptions

[rewriting of descriptive terms to show underlying logic]

22 ideas
Denoting is crucial in Russell's account of mathematics, for identifying classes [Monk on Russell]
The theory of descriptions eliminates the name of the entity whose existence was presupposed [Quine on Russell]
Russell's theory explains non-existents, negative existentials, identity problems, and substitutivity [Lycan on Russell]
Russell implies that 'the baby is crying' is only true if the baby is unique [Grayling on Russell]
Russell explained descriptions with quantifiers, where Frege treated them as names [McCullogh on Russell]
Russell avoids non-existent objects by denying that definite descriptions are proper names [Miller,A on Russell]
Russell's theory must be wrong if it says all statements about non-existents are false [Read on Russell]
Non-count descriptions don't threaten Russell's theory, which is only about singulars [Laycock on Russell]
Names can be converted to descriptions, and Russell showed how to eliminate those [Quine]
'The present King of France is bald' presupposes existence, rather than stating it [Grayling on Strawson,P]
Russell asks when 'The King of France is wise' would be a true assertion [Strawson,P]
If 'Queen of England' does not refer if there is no queen, its meaning can't refer if there is one [Cooper,DE]
Russell says apparent referring expressions are really assertions about properties [Cooper,DE]
Russell's analysis means molecular sentences are ambiguous over the scope of the description [Kaplan]
For Russell, expressions dependent on contingent circumstances must be eliminated [Kaplan]
Names do not have scope problems (e.g. in placing negation), but Russell's account does have that problem [Bostock]
Recognising the definite description 'the man' as a quantifier phrase, not a singular term, is a real insight [Soames]
The theory of definite descriptions reduces the definite article 'the' to the concepts of predicate logic [Horwich]
The theory of descriptions supports internalism, since they are thinkable when the object is non-existent [Crane]
Denying definite description sentences are subject-predicate in form blocks two big problems [Forbes,G]
On Russell's analysis, the sentence "The winged horse has wings" comes out as false [Jacquette]
Definites descriptions don't solve the empty names problem, because the properties may not exist [Sawyer]