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THE ONTOLOGICAL MOTIVATIONS FOR THE THEORY OF DESCRIPTIONS

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In this paper I argue that Russell's “On Denoting” is a work in ontology, not the philosophy of language or logic. Specifically, I claim that it addresses two ontological problems: (1) What is the proper analysis of the truth-makers for sentences containing definite descriptions? (2) What is the proper analysis of the connection between those sentences and their truth-makers?

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0114.2005.00218.x

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy California State University, Long Beach

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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