|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._____________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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Description / acquaintance / Russell / Field: according to Russell: "analytical connection" - problem / FieldVsRussell: circular, because the reference of descriptions is explained by reference to their parts - they will include names.
RussellVsTradition: you can only give a lecture on something that can be defined from the logically basic concepts - e.g. "if Cicero existed, then he denounced Catiline" - FieldVsRussell: that makes contingent biographical characteristics become necessary properties._____________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.
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980