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19. Language / C. Semantics / 2. Fregean Semantics

[giving in the manner laid out by Gottlob Frege]

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Earlier Frege focuses on content itself; later he became interested in understanding content [Dummett on Frege]
Frege divided the meaning of a sentence into sense, force and tone [Dummett on Frege]
Frege uses 'sense' to mean both a designator's meaning, and the way its reference is determined [Kripke on Frege]
'Sense' gives meaning to non-referring names, and to two expressions for one referent [Margolis/Laurence on Frege]
Frege was the first to construct a plausible theory of meaning [Dummett on Frege]
Frege explained meaning as sense, semantic value, reference, force and tone [Miller,A on Frege]
'Sense' solves the problems of bearerless names, substitution in beliefs, and informativeness [Miller,A on Frege]
Frege's 'sense' is the strict and literal meaning, stripped of tone [Miller,A on Frege]
'Sense' is superfluous (rather than incoherent) [Miller,A on Russell]
Russell rejected sense/reference, because it made direct acquaintance with things impossible [Recanati on Russell]
Fregean semantics assumes a domain articulated into individual objects [Dummett]
A theory of meaning comes down to translating sentences into Fregean symbolic logic [Macey on Davidson]
Davidson thinks Frege lacks an account of how words create sentence-meaning [Miller,A on Davidson]
Semantics should not be based on set-membership, but on instantiation of properties in objects [McGinn]
Fregean modes of presentation can be understood as mental files [Recanati]
Fregeans can't agree on what 'senses' are [Cappelen/Dever]