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12 December 2006, Uniting a Fregean Philosophy of Language with a Fregean
Philosophy of Mathematics, Edward N. Zalta

Speaker: Edward N. Zalta (Stanford)
Date: Tuesday 12 December 2006
Time: 16:00-17:00
Location: Room 033, Ruppertgebouw, Leuvenlaan, entrance 'educatorium', Utrecht
(Bus 11 or 12 from Utrecht Central Station).

Abstract:
In this talk, I review the philosophy of language that can be developed within object theory. The theory predicts the existence of abstract objects that can serve as the senses of individual terms and abstract objects that can serve as the senses of relational terms. The theory also predicts that the senses of relation terms map the senses of individual terms to abstract objects that serve as the senses of the whole sentence. These senses of sentences seem appropriate as Fregean thoughts, and they can serve as the denotation of sentences when sentences are embedded within propositional attitude reports. (Object theory also yields denotations for individual terms and denotations for relation terms, and though the latter map the former to propositions instead of truth-values, each proposition does still receive a truth value as its extension.) In the second part of the talk, I show how this work unites a quasi-Fregean philosophy of language a neo-Fregean philosophy of mathematics.

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