Russell on substitutivity and the abandonment of propositions

Philosophical Review 120 (2):151-205 (2011)
Abstract
The paper argues that philosophers commonly misidentify the substitutivity principle involved in Russell’s puzzle about substitutivity in “On Denoting” (the so-called "George IV puzzle"). This matters because when that principle is properly identified the puzzle becomes considerably sharper and more interesting than it is often taken to be. This article describes both the puzzle itself and Russell's solution to it, which involves resources beyond the theory of descriptions. It then explores the epistemological and metaphysical consequences of that solution. One such consequence, it argues, is that Russell must abandon his commitment to propositions.
Keywords substitutivity  Russell  proposition  acquaintance  On Denoting  descriptions  logically proper name  principle of sufficient reason  sense data  informative identities
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