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Single Idea 4571

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 1. Reference theories]

Full Idea

Reference need not be a hit-or-miss affair.

Gist of Idea

Reference need not be a hit-or-miss affair

Source

David E. Cooper (Philosophy and the Nature of Language [1973], 4.2)

Book Reference

Cooper,David E.: 'Philosophy and the Nature of Language' [Longman 1979], p.85


A Reaction

Sounds right. If the basic scenario is picking someone out in a crowd, your listener may think they know which person you are talking about, with a high degree of probability.