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The introduction of senses

John Horty

in Frege on Definitions

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199732715
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732715.003.0001
The introduction of senses

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Gottlob Frege argued that a single, undifferentiated notion of semantic value would not do. Instead, he insisted that semantic value must be divided into two components and he distinguished them as “referents” and “senses”. This chapter reviews Frege's argument as he presents it in (1892b) and elsewhere and start on exploring some of its underlying complications. Two principles are illustrated to generate the conclusion that an expression's overall semantic content must be divided into distinct components: the principle of compositionality and the principle that contents determine information value.

Keywords: Gottleb Frege; semantic value; referents; senses; principle of compositionality

Chapter.  4027 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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