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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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Frege; Perry, identity co-reference.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Eros Corazza

Affiliation

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

Address

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

E-mail

eros.corazza@carleton.ca 

About this article

Received

1 September 2020

Revised

26 October 2020

Accepted

28 December 2020

Published online

19 March 2021

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

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

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© Eros Corazza

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