definite descriptions

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  • Definite description — A definite description is a denoting phrase in the form of the X where X is a noun phrase or a singular common noun. The definite description is proper if X applies to a unique individual or object. For example: the first person in space and the… …   Wikipedia

  • Definite Kennzeichnung — Als Kennzeichnungen, auch bestimmte oder definite Kennzeichnungen (engl. (definite) descriptions), werden in der Sprachphilosophie Ausdrücke der Form der/die/das A bezeichnet. Beispiele: der erste Mensch auf dem Mond der höchste Berg der Erde… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • definite description — A description of a (putative) object as the single, unique, bearer of a property: ‘the smallest positive number’; ‘the first dog born at sea’; ‘the richest person in the world’. In the theory of definite descriptions, unveiled in the paper ‘On… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • descriptions, theory of — See definite descriptions …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Theory of descriptions — The theory of descriptions is one of the philosopher Bertrand Russell s most significant contributions to the philosophy of language. It is also termed Russell s Theory of Descriptions (often abbreviated as RTD ). In short, Russell argued that… …   Wikipedia

  • Clinical descriptions of chronic fatigue syndrome — The clinical descriptions of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) vary. Different agencies and scientific bodies have produced different guidelines to define the condition, with some overlap of symptoms between descriptions. Aspects of the condition… …   Wikipedia

  • On Denoting — written by Bertrand Russell, is one of the most significant and influential philosophical essays of the 20th century. It was published in the philosophy journal Mind in 1905; then reprinted, in both a special 2005 anniversary issue of the same j …   Wikipedia

  • Descriptivist theory of names — is a view of the nature of the meaning and reference of proper names generally attributed to Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell. The theory consists essentially in the idea that the meanings (semantic contents) of names are identical to the… …   Wikipedia

  • analytic philosophy — n. a 20th cent. philosophic movement characterized by its method of analyzing concepts and statements in the light of common experience and ordinary language so as to eliminate confusions of thought and resolve many traditional philosophical… …   Universalium

  • Bertrand Russell — Infobox Philosopher region = Western Philosophy era = 20th century philosophy color = #B0C4DE image caption = Russell in 1907 image size = 150px name = Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell birth = birth date|df=yes|1872|5|18 Trellech …   Wikipedia

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