Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Meaning: Differs from the reference object (reference). The object does not have to exist for an expression to have a meaning. Words are not related to objects in a one-to-one correspondence. There is an important distinction between word meaning and sentence meaning. See also use theory, sentence meaning, reference, truth.
 
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Frege, Gottlob
 
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Meaning V 103
Def "sense" (meaning) of the sentence its truth condition.
II 41
Meaning: what the sign.signifies - e.g. the planet Venus, the extension. That which one wants to talk about.
II 42
Sense: the way of presentation. e.g. the meaning of "the Intersection of b and c" is other than "a and b" (even though the point is identical)
Significance is illuminated only one-sidedly by the sense.
II 42
Example “The celestial body that is farthest away from the Earth” – there is no doubt that these words have a meaning - but it is uncertain if there is an object satisfiying it.
II 69
The "meaning" of a name is never concept (predicate) - but always a subject
II 43
meaning / sense / Frege: m. and s. are not the same - the meaning of a word or name is a real object - sense: is not based on a person like an idea – e.g. there is a sense of "par excellence".

F I
G. Frege
Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik Stuttgart 1987

F II
G. Frege
Funktion, Begriff, Bedeutung Göttingen 1994

F IV
G. Frege
Logische Untersuchungen Göttingen 1993


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-27