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Naming: Naming is the act of assigning a word or phrase to a person, place, thing, or idea. See also Proper names, Denotation, Designation, Singular terms, Descriptions, Reference, Causal theory of names.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Bertrand Russell on Naming - Dictionary of Arguments

VI 69
Naming/Russell: you cannot name something you are not familiar with. We cannot name Socrates.
Therefore we use a description, e.g. "Teacher of Plato".
, >Name, >Acquaintance.
This makes it very difficult to find an example for a name that is not a description: these are only the logical proper names "this" or "that".
>Logical proper name.
But if you're looking to capture the facts I express with "this is white" you can't do that!
But "this" stands for a real object of perception.
VI 70
However, it is an ambiguous proper name that does not mean the same thing in different situations.
>Index words, >Indexicality, >Demonstratives, >Context dependence, >Ambiguity.
There are no names in Principia Mathematica(1), not because we are not interested in special individuals, but only in general individuals.
>Particulars, >Individuals, >General term, >Generality.

1. Whitehead, A.N. and Russel, B. (1910). Principia Mathematica. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Russell I
B. Russell/A.N. Whitehead
Principia Mathematica Frankfurt 1986

Russell II
B. Russell
The ABC of Relativity, London 1958, 1969
German Edition:
Das ABC der Relativitätstheorie Frankfurt 1989

Russell IV
B. Russell
The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford 1912
German Edition:
Probleme der Philosophie Frankfurt 1967

Russell VI
B. Russell
"The Philosophy of Logical Atomism", in: B. Russell, Logic and KNowledge, ed. R. Ch. Marsh, London 1956, pp. 200-202
German Edition:
Die Philosophie des logischen Atomismus
Eigennamen, U. Wolf (Hg), Frankfurt 1993

Russell VII
B. Russell
On the Nature of Truth and Falsehood, in: B. Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford 1912 - Dt. "Wahrheit und Falschheit"
Wahrheitstheorien, G. Skirbekk (Hg), Frankfurt 1996

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