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Russell: Facts and Descriptions

Stephen Neale

in Facing Facts

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247153.003.0004
 Russell: Facts and Descriptions

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Examines the work of Bertrand Russell. It looks at Russell's idea that true sentences stand for facts (rather than truth‐values) and the philosophical and formal details of his Theory of Facts (the theory of facts as complexes) and Theory of Descriptions, both of which Neale describes as being poorly understood to this day. The six sections of the chapter are: Facts and their Parts; Representing Russellian Facts; The Theory of Descriptions; Abbreviation; Scope; Quantification and Notation. An appendix to the book looks further at Russell's definition of descriptions as incomplete symbols.

Keywords: Descriptions; facts; Notation; Quantification; representation; Bertrand Russell; Russell's Theory of Descriptions; Russell's Theory of Facts; Scope; sentences; Theory of Descriptions; Theory of Facts; truth‐values

Chapter.  14176 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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