Russell’s Theory of Descriptions

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Russell sought to eliminate ambiguities and contradictions he found in Frege and Meinong so he developed his Theory of Descriptions. He starts out by defining a concept, the denoting phrase, by which he means basically the same thing that Frege referred to as a proper name, in other words a noun or noun phrase. He argues that while we can ‘affirm a number of propositions’ about something denoted, in some cases such as the center of mass of the solar system at some point in time, ‘we have no immediate acquaintance with this point, which is only known to us by description.'” (01/02/22)