The difficulties concerning denoting are, I believe, all the result of a wrong analysis of propositions whose verbal expressions contain denoting phrases. The proper analysis, if I am not mistaken, may be further set forth as follows.
Suppose now we wish to interpret the proposition, 'I met a man'. If this is true, I met some definite man; but that is not what I affirm. What I affirm is, according to the theory I advocate:
' "I met x, and x is human" is not always false'.
Generally, defining the class of men as the class of objects having the predicate human, we say that:
'C(a man)' means '"C(x) and x is human" is not always false'.
This leaves 'a man', by itself, wholly destitute of meaning, but gives a meaning to every proposition in whose verbal expression 'a man' occurs.
p.s. i received a new notebook today. good for me to doodle. its moleskin. :).
its my second moleskin. the rest of the day is dandy. with a moleskin.