Russell's Early Theory of Denoting

History and Philosophy of Logic 30 (1):49-67 (2009)
The article concerns the treatment of the so-called denoting phrases, of the forms ?every A?, ?any A?, ?an A? and ?some A?, in Russell's Principles of Mathematics. An initially attractive interpretation of what Russell's theory was has been proposed by P.T. Geach, in his Reference and Generality (1962). A different interpretation has been proposed by P. Dau (Notre Dame Journal, 1986). The article argues that neither of these is correct, because both credit Russell with a more thought-out theory than he actually had. The conclusion is mainly negative: at this date Russell has no coherent theory of these phrases. An appendix notes that his understanding of the quantifiers in predicate logic is also, at this date, not entirely secure
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DOI 10.1080/01445340802257114
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Principles of Mathematics.Bertrand Russell - 1903 - Cambridge University Press.
Reference and Generality.P. T. Geach - 1962 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
On Denoting.Bertrand Russell - 1905 - Mind 14 (56):479-493.
Logic and Knowledge.P. F. Strawson, Bertrand Russell & R. C. Marsh - 1957 - Philosophical Quarterly 7 (29):374.

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