|Reference, philosophy: reference means a) the relation between an expression and one or more objects, thus the reference or b) the object (reference object) itself. Terminological confusion arises easily because the author, to whom this term ultimately goes back - G. Frege - spoke of meaning (in the sense of "pointing at something"). Reference is therefore often referred to as Fregean meaning in contrast to the Fregean sense, which describes what we call meaning today. See also meaning, sense, intension, extension.|
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|Putnam III 201ff
Reference/Wittgenstein: e.g. "my brother in America" - a tendency to present a picture - we suggest that reference is not causal - we do imagine more than an experience of thinking - Putnam refrencec is not causal: we can also refer to future things (then causal reference to a type "future generations").
Instead of knowledge by acquaintance/description just different ways of reference (causality irrelevant).
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