This short appendix to the book looks further at Bertrand Russell's designation of descriptions as incomplete symbols, in the context of his (and Kurt Gödel's) Theory of Descriptions. Russell says that descriptions are ‘incomplete symbols’, that they ‘have no meaning in isolation’, and that they ‘disappear on analysis. Most of the appendix discusses the contextual definition of descriptions as incomplete symbols. Another way of viewing descriptions also addressed is that of treating descriptions in terms of restricted quantification—an approach that is not necessarily at variance with treating them as incomplete symbols.
British Academy Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.