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Sense-only-signs: Frege on Fictional Proper Names

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Abstract:

It seems obvious that fictional proper names like 'Sherlock Holmes' are empty. However, if one also accepts that fictional proper names express a sense that determines at most one referent, it turns out to be surprisingly difficult to ensure that they do not refer to real objects. In this paper I will draw on Frege's remarks on fiction to solve this problem. The main point of the paper is that the reference of a singular term depends on its sense and the way in which the sense should be entertained.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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