Single Idea 22290

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 3. Ontology of Concepts / c. Fregean concepts]

Full Idea

Frege's mirroring principle (that the structure of thoughts mirrors that of language) has the uncomfortable consequence that since the phrase 'the concept "horse"' is saturated, it cannot refer to something unsaturated, which includes concepts.


'Saturated' means all ingredients are settled

Gist of Idea

The phrase 'the concept "horse"' can't refer to a concept, because it is saturated


Michael Potter (The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930 [2020], 16 'Conc')

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'The Rise of Anaytic Philosophy 1879-1930' [Routledge 2020], p.109