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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.

pdf version: http://philo.ruc.edu.cn/logic/reading/Frege_The%20Thought.pdf

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 02:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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