The King of France is, in fact, Bald

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According to current theories, sentences with definite descriptions that fail to refer are either false or lack a truth value; but they cannot be true. However, I present examples where such sentences are, in fact, judged true. I propose that a definite description may be accommodated as a conditional, and that, in such cases, it is precisely the failure to refer that makes the sentence true.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalNatural Language Semantics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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