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Frege on Referentiality and Julius Caesar in Grundgesetze Section 10

Bruno Bentzen

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This paper aims to answer the question of whether or not Frege’s solution limited to value-ranges and truth-values proposed to resolve the “problem of indeterminacy of reference” in Section 10 of Grundgesetze is a violation of his principle of complete determination, which states that a predicate must be defined to apply for all objects in general. Closely related to this doubt is the common allegation that Frege was unable to solve a persistent version of the Caesar problem for value-ranges. It is argued that, in Frege’s standards of reducing arithmetic to logic, his solution to the indeterminacy does not give rise to any sort of Caesar problem in the book.

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Notre Dame J. Formal Logic, Volume 60, Number 4 (2019), 617-637.

Received: 12 April 2017
Accepted: 29 June 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 30 September 2019

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indeterminacy of reference value-ranges Caesar problem Frege


Bentzen, Bruno. Frege on Referentiality and Julius Caesar in Grundgesetze Section 10. Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 60 (2019), no. 4, 617--637. doi:10.1215/00294527-2019-0022.

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