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5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / e. Empty names
Names are meaningless unless there is an object which they designate [Russell]
     Full Idea: Unlike descriptions, names are meaningless unless there is an object which they designate.
     From: Bertrand Russell (My Philosophical Development [1959], Ch.14)
     A reaction: This interests Russell because of its ontological implications. If we reduce language to names, we can have a pure ontology of 'objects'. We need a system for saying whether a description names something - which is his theory of definite descriptions.