Definite descriptions, I shall argue, have two possible functions. 1] They are used to refer to what a speaker wishes to talk about, but they are also used quite. Keith Donnellan, “Reference and Definite Descriptions”. Due Feb 13, by 10am; Points 5; Submitting a discussion post; Available after Feb 2, at 12am. Keith Sedgwick Donnellan was an American philosopher and Professor ” Reference and Definite Descriptions” has been one of.

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Keith Donnellan, “Reference and Definite Descriptions”

This chapter discusses definite descriptions, arguing that they have two possible functions and that failure to deal with referrence duality of function obscures the genuine referring use of definite descriptions.

The first function is the referential use of definite description, in which the speaker uses it to refer to something.


The second is the attributive use, in which the speaker asserts something about whatever or whoever fits the description. The chapter then examines the theories of Bertrand Russell and Peter Strawson regarding definite descriptions, saying that there is something wrong with their theories.

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