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Title: Frege on Syntax, Ontology, and Truth's Pride of Place
Author(s): Johnston, Colin
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Issue Date: Mar-2018
Date Deposited: 17-Aug-2017
Citation: Johnston C (2018) Frege on Syntax, Ontology, and Truth's Pride of Place. European Journal of Philosophy, 26 (1), pp. 569-588.
Abstract: Frege's strict alignment between his syntactic and ontological categories is not, as is commonly assumed, some kind of a philosophicalthesis. There is no thesis that proper names refer only to objects, say, or that what refers to an object is a proper name. Rather, the alignment of categories is internal to Frege's conception of what syntax and ontology are. To understand this, we need to recognise the pride of place Frege assigns within his theorising to the notion of truth. For both language and the world, the Fregean categories arelogicalcategories, categories, that is, oftruth. The elaboration of this point makes clear the incoherence of supposing that they might not align.
DOI Link: 10.1111/ejop.12284
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