Sense and Reference

Discipline: Philosophy

Distinction between Sinn and Bedeutung made by the German mathematician Gottlob Frege (1848-1925).

The meaning of an expression (sense) is a property of language, and is not to be equated with the object or concept the expression may be used to refer to: 'the morning star' and 'the evening star' have different meanings ('senses') but both refer to the planet Venus.

J Lyons, Semantics (Cambridge, 1977)


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