Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Denotation, naming: specify a word or phrase for an object. Related terms description designation.

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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I 257
Indefinite terms do not denote objects - An indefinite singular terms must therefore be in a purely denoting position: E.g. "The tax auditor is looking for someone" (position denoting - "someone" not denoting).
"Purely denoting" unambiguous (substitutability of identity) not: "Tullius was a Roman" is
trochaic - E.g. tax auditor/director -> propositional attitudes - expression in quote marks not purely denoting - ambiguous reference - every truth function is transparent for denotation.
Words denote - sentences do not. (No singular term) - Nevertheless, a sentence has a meaning: the singular term formed by bracketing of the sentence (no proposition) - Proposition here: completion of correct sentence to a timeless one - timeless sentence "The door is open": which door? denotes nothing.
I 413f
Object: what is denoted by singular terms, names, accepted as values ​​- (But singular term eliminated!) - E.g. "glimmer", but not "glimmeriness".
II 61 ff
Naming: Name or singular term - denoting: predict - both are referencing, not meaning
various descriptions can name the same thing but have different meaning.
VII 10ff
Singular term/Quine: must not denote - gap between meaning and denotation.
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VII 48ff
Singular terms/Quine: designate ("name"). - A general term: means (denotes). - (> description).
VII 140
Purely denoting position/Quine: E.g. "Giorgione was called so because of his size"- "so" not purely denoting - right: "Giorgione was called Giorgione because..." - then usable: "Barbarelli was called Giorgione because..." - missing substitutability signals not purely denoting position - one might say: The following incidents were - non-denoting: "9" and "Evening Star" or "number of planets" in (15) - (17) but it is not about that. The point is that the substitution makes true statements false.

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.

W.V.O. Quine
Wort und Gegenstand Stuttgart 1980

W.V.O. Quine
Theorien und Dinge Frankfurt 1985

W.V.O. Quine
Grundzüge der Logik Frankfurt 1978

W.V.O. Quine
Mengenlehre und ihre Logik Wiesbaden 1967

W.V.O. Quine
Die Wurzeln der Referenz Frankfurt 1989

W.V.O. Quine
Unterwegs zur Wahrheit Paderborn 1995

W.V.O. Quine
From a logical point of view Cambridge, Mass. 1953

W.V.O. Quine
Bezeichnung und Referenz
Zur Philosophie der idealen Sprache, J. Sinnreich (Hg), München 1982

W.V.O. Quine
Philosophie der Logik Bamberg 2005

W.V.O. Quine
Ontologische Relativität Frankfurt 2003

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-05-26