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Frege on Definitions: A Case Study of Semantic Content

John Horty


This book explores the difficulties presented for Gottlob Frege's semantic theory, as well as its modern descendents, by the treatment of defined expressions. The book begins by focusing on the psychological constraints governing Frege's notion of sense, or meaning, and argues that, given these constraints, even the treatment of simple stipulative definitions led Frege to important difficulties. This book suggests ways out of these difficulties that are both philosophically and logically plausible and Fregean in spirit. This discussion is then connected to a number of more familiar topics, suc ... More

Keywords: Frege, semantics, defined expressions, indexicality, computer programming, mind and language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732715
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Horty, author
Philosophy Department and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies University of Maryland
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