The Theory of Descriptions: Russell And The Philosophy Of Language

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byGraham Stevens

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This book combines a historical and philosophical study of Russell's theory of descriptions. It defends, develops, and extends the theory as a contribution to natural language semantics while also arguing for a reassessment of the importance of linguistic inquiry to Russell's philosophical project.

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This book combines a historical and philosophical study of Russell's theory of descriptions. It defends, develops, and extends the theory as a contribution to natural language semantics while also arguing for a reassessment of the importance of linguistic inquiry to Russell's philosophical project.

GRAHAM STEVENS is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of The Russellian Origins of Analytical Philosophy, and of numerous articles on Russell and on topics in the philosophy of language.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.95 × 5.69 × 0.7 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230201164

ISBN - 13:9780230201163

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Theory
History I: The 1903 Theory of Denoting
History II: 'On Denoting' and the Genesis of the Theory of Descriptions
Descriptions and Logical Form
Extending the Theory I: Complex Demonstratives
Extending the Theory II: Indexicality
Russell and the Philosophy of Language
Bibliography
Index