Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Incomplete symbols: This is an expression by B. Russell for phrases that cannot stand alone to be meaningful. (B. Russell, “On Denoting, in Mind”, New Series, Vol. 14, No. 56. (Oct. 1905), pp. 479-493.) For example, descriptions such as “the fattest man”. In “Principia Mathematica” Russell, however, distinguishes names as complete symbols from descriptions as incomplete symbols. What is crucial here is that the context or the use of the expression must contribute to the definition. See also subsententials, compositionality, Frege-Principle, names, 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.
Author Item    More concepts for author
Grover, D. L. Incomplete Symbols   Grover, D. L.
Quine, Willard Van Orman Incomplete Symbols   Quine, Willard Van Orman
Russell, Bertrand Incomplete Symbols   Russell, Bertrand

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-23