|Description: A. Characterization of singular objects or events instead of giving a name. As opposed to names descriptions are not rigid, i.e. they may refer to different objects in different worlds. - B. Linguistic form for attributing predicates according to the perceptions of objects. See also rigidity, theory of descriptions.|
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Description/pragmatism/Brandom: it does not describe anything if you call it true.
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Indefinite Descriptions/Russell: no singularly referring terms - Solution: quantifying paraphrase - New/Brandom: purely referencing function possible: they can initiate an anaphoric chain which can be continued with pronouns or specific descriptions.
Description/Brandom: (indirectly defined): understood as pronoun, which contains a description of the anaphoric predecessor - E.g. computer: the same expression can be a value or an instruction (address of a value).
Pronoun-generating operator "refers to" - Example of mechanic, who was called "such a bonehead" by Hans, has failed.
Differently: "... whom he had offended with such a bonehead ...".
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001