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Single Idea 15601

[catalogued under 19. Language / C. Assigning Meanings / 2. Semantics]

Full Idea

Fregeans emphasise an orientation towards the speaker: possession of sense makes language meaningful, and language relates to the world through sense. For the Referentialist its representational relationships make it meaningful, and relate it to the world

Gist of Idea

Fregeans approach the world through sense, Referentialists through reference


Kit Fine (Semantic Relationism [2007], 2.G)

Book Reference

Fine,Kit: 'Semantic Relationism' [OUP 2007], p.64

A Reaction

The Referentialist approach is for Kripkean fans of direct reference, rather than the Fregean reference through descriptions. I am inclined to favour the old-fashioned, deeply discredited, much mocked Fregean approach.