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Frege and the Description Theory: An Attempt at Rehabilitation

Alaotsikko: An Attempt at Rehabilitation

Julkaisun tekijät: Maunu Ari


Julkaisuvuosi: 2015

Journal: Grazer Philosophische Studien - Internationale Zeitschrift für Analytische Philosophie

Volyymi: 92

Julkaisunumero: 1

Sivujen määrä: 8

ISSN: 0165-9227

eISSN: 1875-6735



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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