Frege’s Theory of Meaning

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

Begriffsschrift set the stage for [Gottlob Frege’s] later works, including his widely read 1892 essay On Sense and Reference. In this essay he applies the concepts he developed for mathematics to language itself, the ‘objects of any kind’ noted by Glock. … Frege pursued this project as a logical extension of his work on mathematics. He noticed that everyday language is not as straightforward as mathematics where everything is neatly tied up and things are exact. A statement like 2+3=5 has no ambiguity about it. The expressions ‘2+3’ and ‘5’ are identical in that they mean the same thing. But everyday language lacks the objectivity of mathematics.” (01/01/22)

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