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By Kenneth Taylor

I want to thank professor Taylor for the minor yet actual fulfillment of this publication -- supporting me come to an knowing of what a lifeless finish the philosophy of language has turn into considering Tarski's day.

A century in the past, the "meaning of fact" was once a sizzling topic of discussion, and the disputants have been such titans as William James, Bertrand Russell, and Josiah Royce. The query used to be now not one in every of "philosophical semantics" for them, it used to be concerning the precondition of knowledge.

The challenge isn't the trivial one approximately which philosophers now obsess. we will all agree that if snow is white, then the assertion "snow is white" is right. The query for the old-style thinker used to be what sort of connection among my brain and snow is presumed within the very probability that i could actually name it white.

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Indeed, once we have settled upon a logical calculus containing restricted quantifiers, definite descriptions can be seen to be members of a uniform syntactic class. Syntactically, quantifier phrases, including descriptions, are uniformly formed by affixing a "quantity" word to a nominal expression. ' Like these other quantity words, 'the' attaches to a restricting nominal expression to form a quantifier phrase. ' Moreover, once we have adopted this framework, we can give an account of the semantics of descriptions which is entirely consistent with Russell's own account and which treats it as merely one restricted quantifier among others.

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