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Single Idea 9454

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 2. Descriptions / b. Definite descriptions]

Full Idea

The four leading theories of definite descriptions are Frege's, Russell's, Evans's, and Prior's, ...of which to many Frege's is the most intuitive of the four. Frege says they refer to the unique item (if it exists) which satisfies the predicate.

Gist of Idea

The four leading theories of definite descriptions are Frege's, Russell's, Evans's, and Prior's

Source

George Bealer (Propositions [1998], 5)

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Logic: an anthology', ed/tr. Jacquette,Dale [Blackwell 2002], p.127


A Reaction

He doesn't expound the other three, but I record this a corrective to the view that Russell has the only game in town.