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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McDowell, John
 
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Descriptions I 132
Theory of Descriptions/SearleVsRussell/McDowell: here it is easy to be on the side of Searle (i.e., to assume intentionality).
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I 132/33
McDowellVsSearle: it is better to give up Searle's desire and clarify what the non-obvious descriptions are.
(With Evans): the conceptual area should not be regarded as a "predicative", but as "belonging to the area of Fregean sense".
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I 210
McDowell Thesis: Fregean sense is effective in the area of reasons. Because rationality is a condition in the community, we do not distinguish between different senses.
But in order to attribute rationality to a subject, we must distinguish between senses (rational and irrational).
VsMcDowell: but then we need some theory of descriptions.
Theory of Descriptions/Russell/McDowell: Indirect relation to the world.

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J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-23