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Did the slingshots hit the mark?: reply to Marco Ruffino


Slingshot arguments. Church. Gödel. Frege. Russell. Definite descriptions

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CHATEAUBRIAND, Oswaldo. Did the slingshots hit the mark?: reply to Marco Ruffino. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 27, n. 1, p. 211–225, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 13 abr. 2024.


In §§1-2 I argue that Marco misidentifies my main objections to the Church and Gödel slingshot arguments and that his defense of these arguments does not overcome those objections. In §3 I discuss his criticisms of my theory of descriptions in relation to Church’s argument.


CHURCH, A. Introduction to Mathematical Logic. Volume 1. Princeton, N.J.:

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FREGE, G. “On Sense and Reference” (1892). In: P. Geach and M. Black (eds.) Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege.

Oxford: Blackwell, 1960.

RUSSELL, B. “On Denoting”. Mind, new series, 14, pp. 479-93, 1905.


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