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The Theory of Descriptions and Its Influence on the Tractatus

The article discusses the issue raised by Russell concerning the essence of the descriptive phrases and specifically the definite descriptions. Russells views of the period of his Platonic atomism related to the nature and the logical form of propositions and their components is briefly stated. Russells theory of descriptions and some ontological views of the earlier Wittgenstein are also commented.
Key words: Russell, Frege, Wittgenstein, description, reductionism