Millian Theories

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199261659
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603099 | DOI:
Millian Theories

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This chapter begins an argument against the ‘Frege-Mill dichotomy’, the assumption that names have either a descriptive sense or no sense at all. Millian theories denying that names have a sense are considered, as well as Millian theories identifying sense with reference. Russell’s and Frege’s problems are the principal objections. Modal version of Millianism that identifies the meaning of a name with an intension or character function cannot avoid these problems without unrealistic existence and identity assumptions.

Keywords: Frege-Mill dichotomy; Millian theories; sense; reference; Russell’s problem; Frege’s problem; modal Millianism; intension function; character function

Chapter.  16313 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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