Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume 60, 2000

Karel Lambert
Pages 1-11

Set Theory and Definite Descriptions
Four Solutions in Search of a Common Problem

This paper offers an explanation of the maj or traditions in the logical treatment of definite descriptions as reactions to paradoxical naive definite description theory. The explanation closely parallels that of various set theories as reactions to paradoxical naive set theory. Indeed, naive set theory is derivable from naive definite description theory given an appropriate definition of set abstracts in terms of definite descriptions.