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The Thought: A Logical Inquiry

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Would anyone be interested in a reading/discussion group of Frege’s “The Thought: A Logical Inquiry?”

“The Thought” applies Frege’s work on reference to the development of a broader theory meaning.  Written after Russell’s paradox proved a decisive blow to Frege’s program of proving mathematics to be a distinct branch of logic, Frege turns his focus on language, perhaps in the belief that its incomplete characterization led him astray.  On the influence of this project Michael Dummett says:

Frege's work in philosophical logic is a true foundation: despite all the work that has been done in the subject during this century, Frege's theories of philosophical logic undoubtedly have to serve as the starting-point for anyone working in this area even today; in large part, he provides the terms in which the basic problems can still most fruitfully be posed.

As for discussing "The Thought," I think 1-2 meetings would be sufficient.

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Colin Bloomfield
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 02:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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I think for the 17th it would be good to read through pg. 13 including Frege's definition of an 'idea'.  Since 'The Thought' is only 24 pages we will be reading through it in sections, so don't worry if you don't have time do any reading beforehand.  Also we will begin with a brief introduction to Frege, either my own or Michael Dummett's.  Looking forward to the discussion! 

Hey Colin, I wasn't sure exactly how you wanted to break up the reading, but just post here or I could also edit the description for the meeting.


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