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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Sellars, Wilfrid
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Descriptions I 27
Report/statement: phrases like "This is green" both have a facts-declaratory and a reporting use. John must learn to suppress the report. (Report on his own sense impression which contradicts the fact that he has learned) he says now: "this tie is blue". But he makes no reporting use of this sentence. He used it in the sense of a conclusion. (Report: a conclusion, experiences, feelings, sensations - /determination: Facts.
II 318
Thesis: that one can translate every statement that contains at least one reference expression and a description expression, into a (fictional) understandable language, that contains the equivalent of reference expressions, but not of description expression, but therefore a special notation for reference terms, in which the description expressions can be translated into. Once again the essence of "mapping" has been proved as a translation. (Mapping/translation).

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W. Sellars
Der Empirismus und die Philosophie des Geistes Paderborn 1999

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