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On “Being” and Being

Leila Haaparanta

in Categories of Being

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199890576
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890576.003.0014
On “Being” and Being

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The chapter begins with the observation that one disagreement between logical empiricism and early analytic philosophy, on the one hand, and early phenomenology, on the other, concerned the relations between logic and metaphysics. This chapter seeks to open up that disagreement. The chapter first discusses Frege’s doctrine of “being” and being and elaborates the interpretation she proposed and developed in the eighties. The chapter argues that Frege’s ideas of “being” and being fall between those of Carnap and Heidegger. The chapter also discusses Carnap’s attack against metaphysics in general and against Heidegger’s metaphysics in particular. In the end, it makes a few remarks on Frege’s view of judging and being. The chapter argues that the so called veridical meaning of “is” played a central role in Frege’s conceptual notation; moreover, if we take that point seriously, we may have reason to modify the view that Frege held the thesis concerning the ambiguity of “is”.

Keywords: Frege; Carnap; Heidegger; being; is; ambiguity; phenomenology; analytic philosophy

Chapter.  8894 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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