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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It is translated “nominatum” in the older translation available through the JStor link, and it has also been translated “denotation”. Its Origins and Scope. In particular, the claim is, it is possible for two names to have the same reference but to have different senses.

A Note nominatkm Frege on Sense. O to PP index Total downloads 5of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? First, if the entire significance of a sentence consists of its truth value, it follows that the sentence will have the same significance if we replace a word of the sentence with one having an identical reference, as this will not change its truth value.

And both point to the power that the sense-reference distinction does have i. Over the next several pargaraphs pp. Frege’s Theory of Sense and Reference: In the philosophy of languagethe distinction between sense and reference was an innovation of the Nominatmu philosopher and mathematician Gottlob Frege in in his paper ” On Sense and Reference “; German: Dense introduced the notion of “sense” German: Can’t change a rubric once you’ve started using it.


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Thus Russell’s theory of descriptions was conflated with Sebse theory of sense, and for most of the twentieth century this ‘Frege-Russell’ view was the orthodox view of proper name semantics.

So the reference of the name “Gottlob Frege” is Gottlob Frege, that very person. Find it on Scholar. Sene Logic and Mathematics. A Solution to the Kirkpe-Burge Conflict. Descriptions such as ‘the President of the U.

Sense and reference

Edit rating Delete rating. How, as it is put, can the one have a different “cognitive value” from the other? Frege says first that “Such a sentence contains a thought”, by which he means a certain “objective content, which is capable of being the common property of several thinkers”. On this theory, the meaning of a complete sentence consists in its being true or nomunatum, [5] and the meaning of each significant expression in the sentence is an extralinguistic entity which Frege called its Bedeutungln ‘meaning’ or ‘significance’, but rendered by Frege’s translators as ‘reference’, ‘referent’, ‘ M eaning’, ‘nominatum’, etc.

I’ll write free-form comments when assessing students. For example, ‘Aristotle’ can be understood as “The pupil of Plato and teacher of Alexander,” or by some other uniquely applying description. Oddly, Frege does not seem actually to give any argument for the claim that the thought “contained” in a nominayum is its sense. Request removal from index. Wikisource has original text related to this article: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Xense and Privacy Policy.


This early theory of meaning explains how the significance or reference of a nominafum its truth value depends on the significance or reference of its parts. Michael De Medeiros – – Weigl Publishers. Moreover, ‘meaning’ captures Frege’s early use of Bedeutung well, [20] and it would be problematic to translate Frege’s early use as ‘meaning’ rfege his later use as ‘reference’, suggesting a change in terminology not evident in the original German.

Mark Textor – – Routledge.

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What lies behind this discussion is the role of truth-functional connectives in formal logic. 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 than on reference, anyway.

But when one uses words in ‘indirect speech’, one uses them to talk about their sense. Michelle Montague – – Philosophical Studies 2: In znd event, the implication which Frege makes explicit elsewhere is that the fact that “Hesperus is Hesperus” and “Hesperus is Phosphorous” have differ in cognitive value is explained by the fact that “Hesperus” and “Phosphorous” have different senses.

Gottlob Frege, “On Sense and Reference”

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”. In the next few paragraphs pp.

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