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III—Reference by Abstraction

ØYstein Linnebo
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2012.00325.x 45-71 First published online: 1 April 2012


Frege suggests that criteria of identity should play a central role in the explanation of reference, especially to abstract objects. This paper develops a precise model of how we can come to refer to a particular kind of abstract object, namely, abstract letter types. It is argued that the resulting abstract referents are ‘metaphysically lightweight’.

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