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A MEDIATED REFERENCE THEORY is any semantic theory that posits that words refer to something in the external world, but insists that there is more to the meaning of a name than simply the object to which it refers. It thus stands opposed to the theory of direct reference . Gottlob Frege
Gottlob Frege
and Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
are well-known advocates of mediated reference theories. Similar theories were widely held in the middle of the twentieth century by philosophers such as Peter Strawson and John Searle
John Searle
.

Mediated reference theories are contrasted with theories of direct reference

SEE ALSO

* Sense and reference
Sense and reference
* Descriptivist theory of names * Direct reference theory

REFERENCES

* Theories of Meaning (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

* v * t * e

Philosophy of language
Philosophy of language

PHILOSOPHERS

* Plato
Plato
(Cratylus ) * Gorgias
Gorgias
* Confucius
Confucius
* Xunzi * Aristotle
Aristotle
* Stoics * Pyrrhonists * Scholasticism
Scholasticism
* Ibn Rushd * Ibn Khaldun * Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes
* Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
* Johann Herder * Ludwig Noiré * Wilhelm von Humboldt
Wilhelm von Humboldt
* Fritz Mauthner * Paul Ricœur * Ferdinand de Saussure
Ferdinand de Saussure
* Gottlob Frege
Gottlob Frege
* Franz Boas
Franz Boas
* Paul Tillich
Paul Tillich
* Edward Sapir
Edward Sapir
* Leonard Bloomfield * Zhuangzi * Henri Bergson
Henri Bergson
* Lev Vygotsky
Lev Vygotsky

* Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein

* Philosophical Investigations
Philosophical Investigations
* Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

* Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
* Rudolf Carnap
Rudolf Carnap

* Jacques Derrida
Jacques Derrida

* Of Grammatology * Limited Inc

* Benjamin Lee Whorf
Benjamin Lee Whorf
* Gustav Bergmann * J. L. Austin * Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
* Hans-Georg Gadamer
Hans-Georg Gadamer
* Saul Kripke
Saul Kripke
* A. J. Ayer
A. J. Ayer
* G. E. M. Anscombe
G. E. M. Anscombe
* Jaakko Hintikka
Jaakko Hintikka
* Michael Dummett
Michael Dummett
* Donald Davidson * Roger Gibson * Paul Grice * Gilbert Ryle
Gilbert Ryle
* P. F. Strawson * Willard Van Orman Quine
Willard Van Orman Quine
* Hilary Putnam
Hilary Putnam
* David Lewis * John Searle
John Searle
* Joxe Azurmendi
Joxe Azurmendi
* Scott Soames * Stephen Yablo * John Hawthorne * Stephen Neale
Stephen Neale
* Paul Watzlawick
Paul Watzlawick

THEORIES

* Causal theory of reference * Contrast theory of meaning * Contrastivism * Conventionalism * Cratylism * Deconstruction
Deconstruction
* Descriptivist theory of names * Direct reference theory * Dramatism
Dramatism
* Expressivism * Linguistic determinism * Logical atomism
Logical atomism
* Logical positivism * Mediated reference theory * Nominalism * Non-cognitivism * Phallogocentrism * Quietism * Relevance theory * Semantic
Semantic
externalism * Semantic
Semantic
holism * Structuralism * Supposition theory * Symbiosism * Theological noncognitivism * Theory of descriptions
Theory of descriptions
* Verification theory

CONCEPTS

* Ambiguity
Ambiguity
* Linguistic relativity
Linguistic relativity
* Meaning * Language
Language
* Truth-bearer * Proposition * Use–mention distinction * Concept * Categories * Set * Class * Intension * Logical form * Metalanguage * Mental representation * Principle of compositionality * Property * Sign * Sense and reference