[SydPhil] Notification: Simon Varey @ Thu 23 Apr 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Simon Varey
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.
When: Thu 23 Apr 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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