Chapter

Senses of incomplete expressions

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/9780199732715.003.0008
Senses of incomplete expressions

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This chapter attempts to discover the senses found in complex incomplete and defined expressions. It considers two alternatives on how the senses of these expressions can be reified within the semantic framework. The first alternative that is analyzed in this chapter is a kind of “de re” proposal in which complex incomplete and defined expressions are designated with particular basic procedures as their senses, just as if they were basic expressions. However, this is deemed problematic as an interpretation of Frege. Thus, the second alternative introduces complex incomplete senses along the lines of “macros” in computer languages to serve as its senses. Both alternatives are examined in this chapter.

Keywords: complex incomplete expressions; defined expressions; senses; expressions; semantic framework; de re proposal; macros

Chapter.  8021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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