In the philosophy of language, the distinction between sense and reference was an innovation or ‘significance’, but rendered by Frege’s translators as ‘reference ‘, ‘referent’, ‘Meaning’, ‘nominatum’, etc. Frege introduced the notion of “sense” ( German: Sinn) to accommodate difficulties in his early theory of meaning. On Sense and Reference. Gottlob Frege. Equality* gives rise to challenging questions which are not altogether easy to answer. Is it a relation? A relation. Phil Language. Basic idea: phrases (like definite descriptions) can have different senses even when they have the same reference (or “nominatum”). 1. Sense.

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But his underlying thought seems to be that the claim that “Hesperus” and “Phosphorous” have the same denotation onminatum a claim about linguistic practicewhereas “Hesperus is Phosphorous” was meant to be a claim about celestial bodies.

Children’s Command of Quantification. Michelle Montague – – Philosophical Studies 2: Retrieved from ” https: Edit criterion description Delete criterion row. The central purpose of this paper is to establish a distinction between the reference of an expression—primarily, a proper name—and what Frege calls its sense. This article has no associated abstract. For the watchmaker, see Sinn watchmaker.

On sense and nominatum

The reference of a sentence is its truth valueits sense is the thought that it expresses. Texts, Translations, and Commentary.

Category Task Force Discussion. It is not an easy argument to understand. Thus, “Hesperus is Phosphorous” was supposed to fregs something like: He then concludes that the thought must instead be the sentence’s sense and goes on to argue that the reference of a sentence is just its truth-value. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Oddly, Frege does not seem actually to give any argument for the claim that the thought “contained” in a sentence is its sense. Don’t post Outcomes results to Learning Mastery Gradebook. He and McDowell both take the line that Frege’s discussion of empty names, and of the idea of sense without reference, are inconsistent, and that his apparent endorsement of descriptivism rests only on a small number of imprecise and perhaps offhand remarks.


Only when the empty place is filled by a proper name does the reference of the completed sentence — its truth value — appear. It is not so easy to say what the sense of the name is, and Frege does not seem to tell us very much about what it is. What assumptions about sense fregs cognitive value must such an explanation make? There are places in Frege’s writings that he uses ” Bedeutung ” with its ordinary meaning of “meaning”, but it is mostly a technical term for him, and the closest technical term in current philosophical usage is probably “reference”.

Chen Xiaoping – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 7 2: Frege then nomjnatum to the question what we should regard as the sense and reference, not of a name, but of a whole declarative sentence. Some people therefore have suggested that by a “thought” Frege just means: But our main focus will be on proper names, where ” Bedeutung ” pretty much does mean “reference”, and our real focus will be more on sense drege on reference, anyway.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Solution to the Kirkpe-Burge Conflict. Frege then transitions, without explicit mention, into the development of his own view.

Gottlob Frege, “On Sense and Reference”

Sign in Create an account. On the other hand, however, Frege uses ” Bedeutung ” in a somewhat wider sense from how “reference” is typically used, as one will see from Frege’s discussion of the question whether sentences have Bedeutungeni.

One might find inspiration for such an alternative in what Frege said earlier about indirect speech. What is Frege’s argument that senses are not “ideas”? I’ll write free-form comments when assessing students Remove points from rubric Don’t post Outcomes results to Learning Mastery Gradebook Use this rubric for assignment grading Hide score total for assessment sennse Cancel Create Rubric. Sense and Reference of Sensee Causal theory of reference Contrast theory of meaning Contrastivism Conventionalism Cratylism Deconstruction Descriptivist theory of names Direct reference theory Dramatism Expressivism Linguistic determinism Logical atomism Logical positivism Mediated reference theory Nominalism Non-cognitivism Phallogocentrism Quietism Relevance qnd Semantic externalism Semantic holism Structuralism Supposition theory Symbiosism Theological noncognitivism Theory of descriptions Verification theory.


Pylyshyn – – Cognition 9 2: There is a major issue about how one of Frege’s key terms is to be translated. The relation of a proper name to the object it designates is direct, whereas a word like ‘planet’ has no such direct relation at all to the Earth at all, but only to a concept that the Earth falls under.

This noinatum has no external links. On Sense, Reference, and Tone in History. The freye of Bedeutung by ‘meaning’ was unanimously agreed after lengthy discussion’.

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Phlogiston, Lavoisier and the Purloined Referent. Second, sentences that contain proper names with no andd cannot have a truth value at all. As it happens, this is true: A Note on Frege on Sense. A Reply to Dr. For example, Mont Blanc, ‘with its snowfields’, cannot be a component of the thought that Mont Blanc is more than 4, metres high.

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