Paper 1 - Joshua Ahn #8876229 Philosophy 100C Paper 1...

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Joshua Ahn #8876229 Philosophy 100C Paper 1 Section: Wed @1 Sense and Reference Gottlob Frege argues his case for the distinction between sense and reference in his work, “ On Sense and Reference .” Frege defines sense as the “cognitive significance” or the “mode of presentation” of an expression and reference as the “actual object” corresponding to the expression. This can more clearly be understood by examining the example given by Frege regarding the morning star and the evening star. The morning star and the evening star both refer to the planet Venus. Thus, the planet Venus is the same reference of both “the morning star” and “the evening star,” even though they seem to mean two different things entirely. These two names for Venus exist because of the fact that Venus can be seen both in the evening and in the morning and which is different senses of the two expressions. It is the two distinctive ways in which one can think of the planet Venus, as the star that
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appears in the morning and as the star that appears in the evening, even though both expressions refer to the same planet. Frege goes on to further his distinction between sense and reference and apply them to the use of language. He writes that senses are not ideas but abstract entities that exist in a third realm outside of time and space. They are objects as real as anything else, existing in the mind, and can be
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course PHIL 100d taught by Professor Rescorla during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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