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Single Idea 16372

[catalogued under 19. Language / B. Reference / 4. Descriptive Reference / a. Sense and reference]

Full Idea

To say that sense determines reference is to say that the same sense cannot determine distinct referents - any distinction at the level of reference entails a corresponding distinction at the level of sense.

Gist of Idea

Sense determines reference says same sense/same reference; new reference means new sense


François Recanati (Mental Files [2012], 10.2)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files' [OUP 2012], p.120

A Reaction

Does 'the sentry at the gate' change its sense when the guard is changed? Yes. 'The sentry at the gate will stop you'. 'The sentry at the gate is my cousin'. De re/de dicto reference. So changes of de re reference seem to change the sense?