chapter  3
The place of ‘On Denoting’ in Russell’s development
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In the last two chapters I have tried to give a full account of the theoretical background and problem situation which led Russell to propose the theory of descriptions in OD. This is not, however, the story one will find recounted in most presentations of the theory found in innumerable papers and introductory books in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic or Russell’s philosophy. Although the differences do not affect what may be called the ‘technical core’ of the theory, the account that one finds of the problem situation, of Russell’s point in so interpreting denoting phrases, is almost invariably along the following lines.