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Nathan Salmon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284726.001.0001

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Assertion and Incomplete Definite Descriptions (1982)

Assertion and Incomplete Definite Descriptions (1982)

(p.291) 16 Assertion and Incomplete Definite Descriptions (1982)
Content, Cognition, and Communication

Nathan Salmon (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a response to Howard Wettstein's argument from incomplete definite descriptions that Donnellan's referential-attributive distinction constitutes a semantic ambiguity. The thesis of semantic significance of the referential use is clarified and made precise. Wettstein's argument is undermined by drawing a distinction between speaker assertion and semantic content.

Keywords:   attributive, Donnellan, referential, Howard Wettstein

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