Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Description: A. Characterization of singular objects or events instead of giving a name. As opposed to names descriptions are not rigid, i.e. they may refer to different objects in different worlds. - B. Linguistic form for attributing predicates according to the perceptions of objects. See also rigidity, theory of descriptions.
 
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Field, Hartry
 
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Descriptions II 18
Description / acquaintance / Russell / Field: according to Russell: "analytical connection" - problem / FieldVsRussell: circular, because the reference of descriptions is explained by reference to their parts - they will include names.
RussellVsTradition: you can only give a lecture on something that can be defined from the logically basic concepts - e.g. "if Cicero existed, then he denounced Catiline" - FieldVsRussell: that makes contingent biographical characteristics become necessary properties.

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Fie III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-24