The ontology of meanings [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Philosophical Studies 137 (3):417 - 426 (2008)
In part 4 of Meaning, Expression, and Thought, Davis rejects what he calls Fregean ideational theories, according to which the meaning of an expression is an idea; and then presents his own account, which states that, e.g., the meaning of ‘Primzahl’ in German is the property of meaning prime number. Before casting doubt on the latter ontology of meanings, I come to Frege’s defence by pointing out that he was not an advocate of the position Davis named after him because Fregean senses are not lexical meanings and Fregean thoughts are not types of mental events.
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Gottlob Frege (1991). Posthumous Writings. Wiley-Blackwell.
Rudolf Carnap (1947). Meaning and Necessity. University of Chicago Press.
Wolfgang Künne (2003). Conceptions of Truth. Oxford University Press.
Wayne A. Davis (2002). Meaning, Expression, and Thought. Cambridge University Press.
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