What is Frege's Julius Caesar Problem?
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 261–278, September 2003
How to Cite
Greimann, D. (2003), What is Frege's Julius Caesar Problem?. Dialectica, 57: 261–278. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2003.tb00271.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
This paper aims to determine what kind of problem Frege's famous “Julius Caesar problem” is. whether it is to be understood as the metaphysical problem of determining what kind of things abstract objects like numbers or value-courses are, or as the epistemological problem of providing a means of recognizing these objects as the same again, or as the logical problem of providing abstract sortal concepts with a sharp delimitation in order to fulfill the law of excluded middle, or as the semantic problem of fixing the referents of the corresponding abstract singular terms. It is argued that, for Frege, the Caesar problem is a bundle of related problems of which the semantic problem is the most basic one.