Frege’s Puzzles


I’ve no clue about anything. Just started my lectures and the lecturer is making no sense to me Especially with Frege’s theory of sense in solving all the four problems: Attitude, Slingshot and Identity Problem

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Anonymous 0 Comments

You could start with checking Wikipedia. Thence search for summariea of Frege’s work which elucidate the concepts described.

The intricacies of semantics and philosophy of language are tricky to ELI5.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Sense = something every name has, what we’re thinking about when we say that name.

Reference = something that actually exists in the world and can be pointed to by a name.

Take the sentences 1. “Joe Biden is Joe Biden” and 2. “Joe Biden is the POTUS.” Because ‘Joe Biden’ and ‘POTUS’ are both referring to the same person in reality, if all that mattered was reference, these would mean the same thing, when it’s pretty obvious they don’t. Therefore, sense matters.

Now take 1. “OP thinks Joe Biden is 79.” 2. “Joe Biden is the POTUS.” 3. “OP thinks the POTUS is 79.” Again, if all that mattered was reference, 1 and 3 would mean the same thing. But it’s entirely possible for 1 to be true while 3 is false (like if you didn’t know Joe Biden was president) therefore, sense matters.