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Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt

Kent Bach ; San Francisco State University

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APA 6th Edition
Bach, K. (2007). Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 3 (2), 33-48. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210
MLA 8th Edition
Bach, Kent. "Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt." European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, vol. 3, no. 2, 2007, pp. 33-48. https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Bach, Kent. "Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt." European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3, no. 2 (2007): 33-48. https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210
Harvard
Bach, K. (2007). 'Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt', European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 3(2), pp. 33-48. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210 (Accessed 24 September 2021)
Vancouver
Bach K. Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy [Internet]. 2007 [cited 2021 September 24];3(2):33-48. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210
IEEE
K. Bach, "Referentially Used Descriptions: A Reply to Devitt", European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, vol.3, no. 2, pp. 33-48, 2007. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210. [Accessed: 24 September 2021]

Abstracts
This paper continues an ongoing debate between Michael Devitt and me on referential uses of definite descriptions. He has argued that definite descriptions have referential meanings, and I have argued that they do not. Having previously rebutted the view that referential uses are akin
to particularized conversational implicatures, he now he rebuts the view that they are akin to generalized conversational implicatures. I agree that
the GCI is not the best model, but I maintain that in exploiting the quantificational meaning of definite descriptions, referential uses involve
a different sort of pragmatic regularity. Also, I try to bolster my objection to Devitt’s claim that the word ‘the’ is semantically ambiguous.

Keywords
Attributive uses; definite descriptions; demonstratives; implicatures; referential uses; Russell

Hrčak ID: 93210

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/93210

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