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Frege, Mountains and Mountaineering

In a letter to Philip Jourdain, c. 1914, Frege illustrates his distinction between sense and reference by the example of an explorer who encounters the same mountain from different directions. The explorer does not know that it is the same mountain, since it differs greatly from the two aspects; and he therefore refers to it with two different names, 'Aphla' and 'Ateb'. According to Frege, the names share the same reference, but differ in their sense.