Description and Equivalence

Stephen Neale

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Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598081 | DOI:
 Description and Equivalence

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Revolves around the matter of whether the stronger results that W. V. Quine and Donald Davidson were attempting to derive from slingshot (collapsing) arguments over facts might be forthcoming if other theories of descriptions were assumed. This also provides an opportunity to evaluate various theories as potential competitors to Bertrand Russell's theory. The four sections of the chapter are: Introductory Remarks; Hilbert and Bernays (David Hilbert and Paul Bernays’ system of descriptions); Fregean Theories (Gottlob Frege's theories of description); and Strawsonian Theories (Barry Taylor's version P. F. Strawson's theory of descriptions).

Keywords: Bernays; collapsing arguments; descriptions; Donald Davidson; equivalence; facts; Gottlob Frege; David Hilbert; Paul Bernays; W. V.Quine; Bertrand Russell; Russell's Theory of Descriptions; slingshot arguments; P. F. Strawson; Barry Taylor; theories of descriptions

Chapter.  4641 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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