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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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This essay shows that predicativism does not have this consequence by showing that incomplete definite descriptions in general and incomplete denuded descriptions, such as "0 the Ivan," in particular are rigid designators.
And in his 1924 article, "Logical Atomism", Russell cites his 1905 theory of definite descriptions as a prime example of logical atomism.
Strawson in "On Referring" (1950) argued that Russell is not able to give a correct account of definite descriptions as they are used in ordinary language since definite descriptions presuppose the existence of certain objects, but they do not assert the existence of what they describe.
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.