On Content (1992)

Nathan Salmon

in Metaphysics, Mathematics, and Meaning

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284719
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603235 | DOI:
 On Content (1992)

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It is argued that Frege might be properly interpreted as having employed a notion of logical content — more fine-grained than his notion of Bedeutung (extension) yet more course-grained than Sinn. Expressions have the same logical content, in this postulated translation for Frege’s ‘Erkenntniswerte’, if they are logically equivalent. Strictly synonymous expressions (those having the same sense) have the same logical content, but the converse is not generally true-else, for Frege, all mathematical truths would be the same “thought,” or proposition, e.g., that 2 is even and that eΠ = -1.

Keywords: content; Frege; logic; sense

Chapter.  9423 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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