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58. Dummett, M. (1981) Frege: Philosophy of Language, 2nd edn, London: Duckworth. Evans, G. (1982) The Varieties of Reference, Oxford: Clarendon Press. Forbes, G. (1989) Languages of Possibility, Oxford: Blackwell. Frege, G. (1976) Wissenschaftlicher Briefwechsel, ed. G. , Hamburg: Felix Meiner. Gaskin, R. (1995) 'Bradley's Regress, the Copula and the Unity of the Proposition', Philosophical Quarterly 45: 161â 80. â â 131â â â 54. â (1997a) 'Fregean Sense and Russellian Propositions', Philosophical Studies 86: â â â â â (1997b) 'à berlegungen zur Identitätstheorie der Prädikation', Wissenschaft und Weisheit 60: 87â 103.

But in which? For what would we then have to do to decide whether something were true? We should have to inquire whether it were true that [a picture] and a reality, perhaps, corresponded in the laid-down respect. And then we should be confronted by a question of the same kind and the game could begin again. So the attempt to explain truth as correspondence collapses. (1918: 510) The problem is that we do not lay down a correspondence scheme and afterwards raise the question of truth: truth is already being assumed in the setting up of the scheme itself.

It is commonly held that the truth of a sentence resides in its correspondence with the facts. Tarski (1944: 15), for example, says: 'If . . we should decide to extend the popular usage of the term â designateâ by applying it not only to names, but also to sentences,' then the following formulates the philosophical view of truth Tarski seeks to make precise: 'A sentence is true if it designates an existing state of affairs'. Viewed from this perspective, it would seem that Frege has got the analysis of sentences all wrong.

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