Keith Donnellan observed that speakers use descriptions not only as devices of quantification but also as devices of reference. Michael Devitt, following Donnellan, observed that these two uses, being regular, systematic, and cross-linguistic, have the status of convention in our language. Taken in conjunction, these two observations, I argue, require postulating that descriptions are semantically ambiguous. These observations compel the thoughtful theorist to maintain that descriptions have two distinct semantic functions, one quantificational and one referential.Besides forecasting that a person can identify the referent of a singular term the person hasna#39;t come into direct causal contact with, CT predicts that a person can ... For example, CT predicts that I can identify Hume as the referent of a#39;Humea#39;.
|Title||:||Ambiguous Articles: An Essay on the Theory of Descriptions|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|