Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Description theory: the thesis according to which the meaning of expressions corresponds to the description of the respective objects.
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Stalnaker, Robert
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Description Theory I 15
KripkeVsdescription theory/Stalnaker: arises from a confusion between semantics and meta-semantics - Anti-essentialism/Kripke/Stalnaker: arises from a confusion between semantics and metaphysics -
I 212
purely descriptive language/Stalnaker: if we had such a language, we would have no reference definition of general terms - on the other hand: Reference/causal theory of reference: (as counter-position to descriptivism): tells us how reference is acquired in general - for names as for predicates. The knowledge about reference definition is then part of the language skills.
I 212
Def local descriptivism/Lewis/Stalnaker: is simply a way to explain one part of the language by another. ((s) According to Lewis and Stalnaker the only way) - global descriptivism/LewisVs: makes it impossible to explain how statements can be wrong at all - this is Putnam’s Paradox - ((s) then the expressions refer to "which things ever" ). - Then the properties and relations are always that what best makes the theory true - additional condition/Lewis: the simple terms have to split the world "at the joints" - Vs global descriptivism: 1) would be holistic, i.e. what I think dependends on everything else that I think - 2) solipsistic, because depending on my causal relations: in that case "Tullius" means something else for me than for you.

Sta I
R. Stalnaker
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-27