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<b>Non‐count Descriptions and Non‐singularity</b>

Henry Laycock

in Words without Objects

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281718
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603594 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281718.003.0004
 Non‐count Descriptions and Non‐singularity

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The second application of the assumption that singular reference is ‘ultimately’ exhaustive also represents non-count reference as singular — as reference to individual ‘quantities’ or ‘parcels’ of stuff. Unsurprisingly, the idea is sometimes explicitly advanced on the model of plural reference as singular. However, any such view must attempt to circumvent the difficulties posed by Russell’s analysis of the conditions, whereby descriptions count as semantically singular. It is argued that such an attempt cannot succeed.

Keywords: non-count reference; non-singular descriptions; uniqueness; exhaustiveness; exclusiveness

Chapter.  7262 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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