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Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


L ogic, philosophy of language Frege 's distinction between saturated expressions and unsaturated expressions corresponds to the distinction between objects and concepts. A saturated expression refers to an object or argument and has a complete sense in itself, while an unsaturated expression refers to a concept or function and does not have a complete sense. For example, in the sentence “Socrates is the teacher of Plato,” “Socrates” and “Plato” are proper names and are saturated, while “… is the teacher of …” is unsaturated, for it has empty spaces that must be filled with saturated expressions before it gains a complete sense. “Statements in general … can be imagined to be split up into two parts; one complete in itself, and the other in need of supplementation, or ‘unsaturated’.” Frege, “Function and Concept,” Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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