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Russell’s Notion of Scope<sup>1</sup>

Kripke Saul A.

in Philosophical Troubles

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730155
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730155.003.0008
Russell’s Notion of Scope1

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This chapter analyzes Russell's notion of scope. It shows that it is hardly so incontestable as Russell thought that the Sheffer stroke should be taken as primitive. If we want scope to make no difference at all in the case of non-empty descriptions and totally defined functions, perhaps we want all paths to terminate and be equivalent—which does not happen (no hydras). Only a choice of connectives with redundancies (not all independent) can avoid hydras trivially.

Keywords: Russell; scope; Sheffer stroke; hydras

Chapter.  16083 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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