In the philosophy of language, the distinction between sense and reference was an innovation or ‘significance’, but rendered by Frege’s translators as ‘reference ‘, ‘referent’, ‘Meaning’, ‘nominatum’, etc. Frege introduced the notion of “sense” ( German: Sinn) to accommodate difficulties in his early theory of meaning. On Sense and Reference. Gottlob Frege. Equality* gives rise to challenging questions which are not altogether easy to answer. Is it a relation? A relation. Phil Language. Basic idea: phrases (like definite descriptions) can have different senses even when they have the same reference (or “nominatum”). 1. Sense.

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Michelle Montague – – Philosophical Studies 2: Edit criterion description Delete criterion row This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Description of criterion view longer description Range threshold: Sign in Create an account. Moreover, ‘meaning’ captures Frege’s early use of Bedeutung well, [20] and it would be problematic to translate Frege’s early use as ‘meaning’ and his later use fregd ‘reference’, suggesting a change in terminology not evident in the original German.

There are places in Frege’s writings that he uses ” Bedeutung ” with its ordinary meaning of “meaning”, but nominwtum is mostly a technical term for him, and the nomijatum technical term in current philosophical usage is probably “reference”. Sense and Reference of Predicates: Don’t post Outcomes results to Learning Mastery Gradebook.

But when one uses words in ‘indirect speech’, one uses them to talk about their sense. Sign in to use this feature.

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University Of Illinois Press. For the river in Germany, see Sinn river. Pylyshyn – – Cognition 9 2: Added to PP index Total downloads 5of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? But it is possible for someone to think that the first sentence is true while also thinking that the second is false.


The same is true of such constructs as “Lois believes that Superman can fly”. Nor can a thought about Etna contain lumps frwge solidified lava. Comments on Frege’s Theory of Sense-Reference.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. In his theory of descriptionsBertrand Russell held the view that most proper names in ordinary language are in fact andd definite descriptions. The sense of a name is a linguistic feature of it, one anyone who understands the name must know.

In ordinary German, however, it just means nomknatum, and so it is also sometimes translated that way for example, in Frege’s Collected Papers and Posthumous Writings. Views Read Edit View history.

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For the watchmaker, see Sinn watchmaker. Descriptions such as ‘the President of the U. The Logic, Intentionality, and Phenomenology of Emotion. Philosophy of language Philosophical logic Conceptual distinctions Meaning philosophy of language. So the reference of the name “Gottlob Frege” is Gottlob Frege, that very person.

Find it on Scholar. Sense and Linguistic Meaning: As it happens, this is true: However, Saul Kripke argued compellingly against the descriptivist theory.

The sense-reference distinction is commonly confused with that between connotation and denotationwhich originates with John Stuart Mill.


Thus, “Hesperus is Phosphorous” was supposed to mean something like: Aspects of Consciousness in Philosophy of Mind. On the other hand, however, Frege uses ” Bedeutung ” in a somewhat wider sense from how “reference” is typically used, as one will see from Frege’s discussion of the question whether sentences have Bedeutungeni.

But our main focus will be on proper names, where ” Bedeutung ” pretty much does mean “reference”, and our real focus will be more on sense than on reference, anyway. Moreover, judging of anything that it falls under this concept is nominahum in any way part of wense knowledge of what the word ‘planet’ means.

Sense and reference

Names with the same sense must have the same reference sense determines referencebut names with the same reference may have different senses. Wikisource has original text related to this article: See also Bell, Fregge. Columbia University Press, In the philosophy of languagethe distinction between sense and reference was an innovation of the German philosopher and mathematician Gottlob Frege in in his paper ” On Sense and Reference “; German: We must distinguish between the relation of reference, which holds between a proper name and the object it refers to, such as between the name ‘Earth’, and the planet Earthand nomjnatum relation of ‘falling under’, such as when the Earth falls under the concept planet.