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19. Language / C. Reference / 2. Denoting

[the picking out of some specific thing]

5 ideas
A definite description 'denotes' an entity if it fits the description uniquely [Russell]
Referring is not denoting, and Russell ignores the referential use of definite descriptions [Donnellan on Russell]
Denoting phrases are meaningless, but guarantee meaning for propositions [Russell]
In 'Scott is the author of Waverley', denotation is identical, but meaning is different [Russell]
Terms denote objects with properties, and statements denote the world with that property [Engelbretsen]