[SydPhil] Simon Varey: Current Projects

Kristie Miller kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 18 15:37:36 AEST 2015

Dear all

This coming Thursday Simon Varey will present the paper:

Directly Referential Definite Descriptions and Frege’s Puzzle

In this talk, I will argue that definite descriptions are directly referential expressions, in the sense of Kaplan (1980). In other words, the informational contents of utterances of definite descriptions are identical to their referents, and as such statements containing uses of definite descriptions express singular propositions. I will focus on a particular problem for this view, namely Frege’s Puzzle as presented by Salmon (1986). I will suggest that the solution to this puzzle offered by Salmon in the case of proper nouns will also apply in the case of definite descriptions. I will conclude by discussing some related problems for the view and how this solution might be adapted to address them.

As usual, papers are at 3.00 in the Muniment Room.

Associate Professor Kristie Miller
Senior ARC Research Fellow
Joint Director, the Centre for Time
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and
The Centre for Time
The University of Sydney
Sydney Australia
Room 407, A 14

kmiller at usyd.edu.au
kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Ph: +612 9036 9663

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