A1 Journal article – refereed

Frege and the Description Theory: An Attempt at Rehabilitation

Subtitle: An Attempt at Rehabilitation

List of Authors: Maunu Ari


Publication year: 2015

Journal: Grazer Philosophische Studien - Internationale Zeitschrift für Analytische Philosophie

Volume number: 92

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 8

ISSN: 0165-9227

eISSN: 1875-6735

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004310841_006


I question the received view that Frege advocates the description theory of proper names. First, I argue that the textual evidence for this view from Frege’s writings is not conclusive. Secondly, I propose that the Fregean Sinne (of proper names) may be understood nondescriptionally in terms of symbolhood. Finally, I suggest that in the notorious passages where Frege is apparently supporting the description theory he is just indicating the potential problems with communication with proper names.

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