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Have you ever lain in bed at night and asked yourself whether the present King of France is bald? Perhaps not, but Bertrand Russell addressed this question in his paper "On Denoting", published in Mind, the foremost journal of English philosophy, in October 1905. Russell's paper concerns the distinction between names and descriptions. It is considered to be a classic of analytic philosophy and a major contribution to the philosophy of language. George IV wanted to know whether Scott is the author of Waverley, but he did not wish to know whether Scott was Scott.
On Wednesday, April 20 CH TV's News at Six will feature a story about Sir Edwin Leather and his archives, which were donated to McMaster's Library in 1996. Sir Edwin Leather, a native Hamiltonian, died on April 5th in Bermuda, where he had retired after serving as Governor and Commander-in-Chief from 1973-1977. Previously Leather and his wife Sheila, who died in 1994, had lived in England for many years.