Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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Frege, Gottlob
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Description II 29
Description/Frege: E.g. the expression: "The capital of the German Empire" represents a proper name and means an object.
Unsaturated: "capital of"
Saturated: - "the German Empire".
Expression of a function: "The capital of x" - ((s) Russell: propositional function, PF) - Frege: If we take the German Reich as an argument, we obtain Berlin as a function value.
II 54
Description/Subordinate Clause: E.g. The discoverer of the planetary orbits = object ("meaning" (reference): no truth value.
II 82
Description/Name/Frege "the king of this kingdom" does not refer to anything without a specification of time. ->Description ((s) Frege implicitly differentiates descriptions of other singular terms already before Russell).
Stuhlmann-Laeisz II 47
Description/Terminology/Frege: = "compound proper names" (complex names).

G. Frege
Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik Stuttgart 1987

G. Frege
Funktion, Begriff, Bedeutung Göttingen 1994

G. Frege
Logische Untersuchungen Göttingen 1993

R. Stuhlmann-Laeisz
Freges Logische Untersuchungen Darmstadt 1995

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-27