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Organon F

2021, Pages 1–21

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Frege on Identity and Co-Reference

Eros Corazza

DOI: to be assigned


In “Über Sinn und Bedeutung” (1892) Frege raises a problem concerning identity statements of the form a=b and he criticizes the view he holds in the Begriffsschrift (1879, § 8). In building on a suggestion by Perry (2001/12, ch. 7) I will show how Frege’s Begriffsschrift account can be rescued and how Frege’s 1892 criticism of his Begriffsschrift’s position somewhat miss the point. Furthermore, the Begriffsschrift’s view can be developed to account in quite an elegant way to the so-called Frege’s Puzzle without committing to the sense/reference (Sinn/Bedeutung) distinction Frege introduces in “Über Sinn und Bedeutung”. To do so we have, though, to give up the idea that all the relevant information conveyed by the utterance of a simple sentence is encapsulated into a single content. I will show of this can be done in adopting a Perry-style pluri-propositionalist model of communication.


Frege; Perry, identity co-reference.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Eros Corazza


The University of the Basque Country. Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science. Carleton University


The University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, Donostia, Spain.



About this article


1 September 2020


26 October 2020


28 December 2020

Published online

19 March 2021


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Corazza, Eros. "Frege on Identity and Co-Reference" Organon F 2021, 1–21. https://www.organonf.com/journal/corazza/

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