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Russell's Analysis of Definite Descriptions I. Motivation for the analysis II. Formal and informal statements of the analysis III. Examples and Implications IV. Review
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Motivation: Basic Terms Indefinite descriptions : Phrases of the form “an F “A plant needs water to grow.” “We love a sunny day at the beach.” Definite descriptions: Phrases of the form “the F “The dog in the window is adorable!” “The man in stretchy pants is Clark Kent.”
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Motivation: Basic Terms Not definite descriptions: “The spinach feta burger at the Saturn Café is fantastic!” “The banana slug is a majestic creature.” But this is a definite description: “The car needs gas, dear.” “The car (that is red and that belongs to us and bears the silly vanity plates etc.) needs gas, dear.”
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Motivation: Some Puzzles “The S.F. Giants' place kicker sure is tall!” ???
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“The S.F. Giants' place kicker sure is tall!” Q: What are we supposed to say about an utterance like this? 1. This is a nonsensical utterance. It has no significance whatsoever. But it doesn't
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Hanson during the Spring '10 term at DeAnza College.

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