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Reference, in philosophy: relation of a linguistic expression or action to a real object. Reference presupposes the existence of this object. An expression, which corresponds to no object, has no reference, however, may have a meaning. See also unicorn, Pegasus.
 
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Frege, Gottlob
 
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Reference V 101
When sense was the same as meaning (reference), a sentence could not tell anything what a person who knows the name does not already know.
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Dum III 113
Reference/Singular term/Frege: in truth theories of Frege s type all singular terms have a guaranteed reference, always a reference object! - So are sentences with "Unicorn": not wrong but without truth value - RussellVs: sentences with "unicorn" are always wrong.

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