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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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Horwich, Paul
 
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Reference / Horwich: there is little chance for a definition - solution / Field: "primitive reference" - predicate "F" is true of x iff x is F - the name "N" refers to x iff x = N.

Hor I
P. Horwich (Ed.)
Theories of Truth Aldershot 1994


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-27