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Gratzl, Norbert (2015): Incomplete Symbols - Definite Descriptions Revisited. In: Journal of Philosophical Logic, Vol. 44, No. 5: pp. 489-506 [PDF, 370kB]


We investigate incomplete symbols, i.e. definite descriptions with scope-operators. Russell famously introduced definite descriptions by contextual definitions; in this article definite descriptions are introduced by rules in a specific calculus that is very well suited for proof-theoretic investigations. That is to say, the phrase `incomplete symbols' is formally interpreted as to the existence of an elimination procedure. The last section offers semantical tools for interpreting the phrase `no meaning in isolation' in a formal way.

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