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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, December 1, 2012 - 02:00
The Public School Los Angeles, 951 Chung King Road, 90012 more
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    If you didn't make the last class don't fret, we only got through a little bit on Frege's account of indexicals and definite descriptions.  Tomorrow we will tackle Frege's main argument for his notion of "thoughts" or "propositions," as distinct from what he has defined as "ideas," or "the contents of ones conciousness." 

 

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