Sense and meaning

John Horty

in Frege on Definitions

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199732715
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852628 | DOI:
Sense and meaning

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This chapter states that it is difficult to reconcile the weak interpretation of the fruitfulness requirement with Frege's requirement of eliminability. In addition, the chapter provides that there is still a tension between these two requirements because once the idea of fruitfulness is taken into account, Frege cannot maintain both his requirement of eliminability and the correlation he sought between senses and psychological states. After a brief description of such conflict, an exploration on one way that Frege may be able to resolve the conflict and a comparison of that method of resolution with similar themes in recent work is illustrated.

Keywords: eliminability; senses; psychological states; Frege

Chapter.  6450 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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