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Gedanken beleuchten. Frege und Davidson zum Problem der Prädikation


Pfisterer, C C (2009). Gedanken beleuchten. Frege und Davidson zum Problem der Prädikation. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 57(4):583-595.

Abstract

The paper examines Davidson’s discussion of Frege on the problem of predication. Simple declarative sentences are unities that are true or false; how do predicates contribute to this kind of semantic unity? According to Davidson, the problem cannot be solved by assigning referents to predicates, since this leads to an infinite regress. Frege famously contributes the idea that predicates are „incomplete“ or „unsaturated“ functional expressions, mapping objects to truth-values. However, he takes predicates to refer to concepts and thus is exposed to Davidson’s argument. I will show that Davidson is only right with regards to „Frege’s semantics“. Yet Frege’s logical doctrine of the decomposition of a sentence – I shall argue – allows for a resolution of this problem.

The paper examines Davidson’s discussion of Frege on the problem of predication. Simple declarative sentences are unities that are true or false; how do predicates contribute to this kind of semantic unity? According to Davidson, the problem cannot be solved by assigning referents to predicates, since this leads to an infinite regress. Frege famously contributes the idea that predicates are „incomplete“ or „unsaturated“ functional expressions, mapping objects to truth-values. However, he takes predicates to refer to concepts and thus is exposed to Davidson’s argument. I will show that Davidson is only right with regards to „Frege’s semantics“. Yet Frege’s logical doctrine of the decomposition of a sentence – I shall argue – allows for a resolution of this problem.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:2009
Deposited On:26 Dec 2009 11:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:41
Publisher:Akademie-Verlag
ISSN:0012-1045
Publisher DOI:10.1524/dzph.2009.0049
Related URLs:http://www.akademie-verlag.de/ (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-26417

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