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Metaphysicians of Meaning : Frege and Russell on Sense and Denotation - Gideon Makin

Metaphysicians of Meaning

Frege and Russell on Sense and Denotation

Hardcover Published: 14th December 2000
ISBN: 9780415242257
Number Of Pages: 240

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"Metaphysicians of Meaning" is the first book to challenge the accepted understanding of Russell's "On Denoting" and Frege's "On Sense and Reference." 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. He 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.

List of abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Russellp. 9
Russell's first theory of denotingp. 11
The elementsp. 11
The mathematical contextp. 13
Denoting, definition and identityp. 16
Three essential elementsp. 17
Post-PoM developmentsp. 20
The collapse of the first theory and the discovery of the theory of descriptionsp. 22
Introduction: the obscure passage in 'On Denoting'p. 22
The argument: the 'substantial' roundp. 24
C2 is a different entity from C1p. 25
C1 cannot be a constituent of C2p. 26
'But this cannot be an explanation', Ip. 28
The third chargep. 32
The argument: the 'symbolic' roundp. 33
The twin phenomenap. 34
Use and mentionp. 37
'But this cannot be an explanation', IIp. 38
The burden of proofp. 38
A survey of theoretical possibilitiesp. 38
C2 as a description of C1p. 39
Denoting and other logical relationsp. 41
The transitionp. 42
The discovery of the theory of descriptionsp. 45
The place of 'On Denoting' in Russell's developmentp. 52
'On Denoting' and Russell's ontological development: some preliminariesp. 53
Russell's case against Meinongp. 58
Russell's ontology in PoM reconsideredp. 61
Methodological developments: 'every word must have some meaning'p. 66
Contextual definitionp. 68
The notion of an incomplete symbolp. 69
The role of languagep. 73
Some positive remarksp. 76
Fregep. 79
From Begriffsschrift to sense and referencep. 81
Introductionp. 81
The problemp. 82
Frege's solution in Bs.p. 90
'Sinn und Bedeutung': the collapse of the first theoryp. 94
'Sinn und Bedeutung': the new solutionp. 101
Further considerations regarding sense and referencep. 106
The priority of the distinction for proper namesp. 106
Sense and indirect speechp. 109
Sense as a route and empty sensesp. 112
Sense determines reference, I: the question of relativizationp. 117
Sense determines reference, II: the conceptual modelp. 121
The application of Russell's argument in OD to Frege's distinctionp. 127
Russell and Fregep. 133
Russell and Frege comparedp. 135
Introduction: the strategyp. 135
The PoM theory of denoting and the theory of sense and reference: some preliminariesp. 137
The common ground: propositionalism, sensism and the implied metaphysical modelp. 139
The differences, and further similarities, in relation to the metaphysical modelp. 144
An apparent gap in Frege's argumentp. 148
Can all expressions have sense?p. 151
The taxonomic difference: a diagnosis of Frege's positionp. 155
Frege's suppressed premise: are all names on a par?p. 157
The theory of descriptions versus sense and reference: an adjustment on the Russellian sidep. 164
Frege's description operator and the theory of descriptionsp. 169
The progression towards transparencyp. 173
The Russell-Frege enterprise and natural languagep. 179
Introductionp. 179
Ordinary names and logically proper namesp. 180
What morals can we draw from illustration?p. 182
The revisionary nature of the Russell-Frege enterprisep. 187
Logic as metaphysicsp. 191
The latency of the metaphysical facetp. 197
Concluding remarks: the nature of the enterprisep. 199
Appendix Ap. 203
The text of the obscure passage from 'On Denoting'p. 203
Appendix Bp. 206
Russell's example in the latter half of paragraph (D) of the obscure passagep. 206
Appendix Cp. 208
Some recent discussions of the obscure passagep. 208
Searle, Blackburn and Code, and Hyltonp. 208
Pakalukp. 210
Kremerp. 213
Noonanp. 219
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780415242257
ISBN-10: 0415242258
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1