Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 1–10

The existence entailments of definite descriptions

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10988-010-9072-3

Cite this article as:
Elbourne, P. Linguist and Philos (2010) 33: 1. doi:10.1007/s10988-010-9072-3


Contrary to a claim made by Kaplan (Mind 114:933–1003, 2005) and Neale (Mind 114:809–871, 2005), the readings available to sentences containing definite descriptions embedded under propositional attitude verbs and conditionals do pose a significant problem for the Russellian theory of definite descriptions. The Fregean theory of descriptions, on the other hand, deals easily with the relevant data.


Definite descriptions Propositional attitudes Conditionals Presupposition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics, Queen MaryUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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