Modeling Semantic Competence: A Critical Review of Frege’s Puzzle about Identity

  • Rasmus K. Rendsvig
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7415)


The present paper discusses Frege’s Puzzle about Identity as an argument against a Millian theory of meaning for proper names. The key notion here is semantic competence. Strict notions of semantic competence are extrapolated from a two-sorted first-order epistemic logical modeling of a cognitive neuropsychological theory of the structure of lexical competence. The model allows for a rigorous analysis of Frege’s argument. The theory and model of lexical semantic competence includes a multitude of types of competence, each yielding a different argument, far from all being as decisive against Millianism as has been the mainstream assumption in 20th century philosophy of language.


Epistemic Logic Competent Speaker Cognitive Neuropsychology Word Lexicon Semantic Lexicon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rasmus K. Rendsvig
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  1. 1.Philosophy and Science StudiesRoskilde UniversityDenmark

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