The next meeting of our English-Speaking Colloquiu
Maxim Temnikov will give a talk with the title
Ramachandran’s Objection to the Russellian Theory of Definite Descriptions
The presentation is devoted to the controversy between the Russellian and the Strawsonian views on definite descriptions. I am going to present an argument put forward by Ramachandran in favor of the Strasownian view. Ramachandran points to the fact that in some situations, a sentence containing a definite description may appear unintelligible whereas its Russellian paraphrase is quite intelligible. Thus the phenomenon of unintelligibility reveals a flaw in the Russellian view.
Everybody is welcome!