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definite description

n
1. (Grammar) a description that is modified by the definite article or a possessive, such as the woman in white or Rosemary's baby
2. (Grammar) a similar plural expression, such as the kings of Scotland
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in this essay is called a "denuded definite description," a definite description with an unpronounced definite article.
And this definite description does not stand for an atomic particular either.
Bostock points out that Russell in "On Denoting" criticizes Frege's proposal of assigning an empty set to a definite description which does not in fact denote any object as a "plainly artificial" solution.
For a proper name N and definite description F, the proposition expressed by, "If N exists, then N is F," is not normally known a priori.
Topics include the psychological underpinnings of the debate, shifts in definitions, Meinong's work in imaginary (non-existent) objects, and Russell's definite descriptions.
Existence in the Theory of Definite Descriptions, FREDERICK KROON
Definite descriptions occurring within the scopes of psychological verbs provide more puzzles than are traditionally acknowledged.
Russell attempts to demonstrate that the thesis that definite descriptions are singular terms is untenable.
Russell's Theory of Definite Descriptions, STEPHEN SCHIFFER
The paper ends with a brief consideration of what the correct positive theory of definite descriptions might be, if it is not the Russellian theory.
The project of providing a general uniform procedure for eliminating embedded definite descriptions that gets this and other logical forms right is impeded by several puzzles.