Single Idea 18752

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

Full Idea

The phrase 'the concept "horse"' can be the subject of a sentence, and ought to denote an object. But it clearly denotes the concept "horse". Yet Fregean concepts are said to be 'incomplete' objects, which led to confusion.

Gist of Idea

'The concept "horse"' denotes a concept, yet seems also to denote an object


report of Gottlob Frege (On Sense and Reference [1892]) by Vann McGee - Logical Consequence 4

Book Reference

'Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophical Logic', ed/tr. Horsten,L/Pettigrew,R [Bloomsbury 2014], p.36

A Reaction

This is the notorious 'concept "horse"' problem, which was bad news for Frege's idea of a concept.

Related Idea

Idea 18899 Frege takes the existence of horses to be part of their concept [Frege]