The Metaphysicians of Meaning

The Metaphysicians of Meaning

Russell and Frege on Sense and Denotation

eBook - 2000
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Russell's On Denoting and Frege's On Sense and Reference are now widely held to be two of the founding papers of 20th-century philosophy and form the heart of the famous linguistic turn. They have generated a wealth of secondary literature and remain at the forefront of contemporary discussion in philosophy of language, thought and logic. This book challenges the accepted understanding of these two seminal papers. It forces us to reconsider contemporary approaches to the semantics of proper names and definite descriptions through a historically sensitive interpretation of Russell's and Frege's work on meaning. Gideon Makin compares the work Russell did shortly before his famous essay On Denoting with the essay itself and argues that this comparison shows that the traditional view of the problem Russell was trying to solve is untenable. Makin then examines Frege's classic essay and argues that some of the less well-known views that Frege held have radical implications for our understanding of this essay.
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
ISBN: 0415242266
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 229 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc


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