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Ideas of Keith Donnellan, by Text

[American, fl. 1975, Of the University of California at Los Angeles.]

1966 Reference and Definite Descriptions
p.27 Russell only uses descriptions attributively, and Strawson only referentially [Lycan]
p.415 A definite description 'the F' is referential if the speaker could thereby be referring to something not-F [Sainsbury]
p.537 Donnellan is unclear whether the referential-attributive distinction is semantic or pragmatic [Bach]
I p.43 A definite description can have a non-referential use
III p.46 Definite descriptions are 'attributive' if they say something about x, and 'referential' if they pick x out
IV p.52 A description can successfully refer, even if its application to the subject is not believed
VI p.54 'The x is F' only presumes that x exists; it does not actually entail the existence
VII p.58 Whether a definite description is referential or attributive depends on the speaker's intention