Logicism and Conceptual Analysis

Patricia A. Blanchette

in Frege’s Conception of Logic

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891610
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933211 | DOI:
Logicism and Conceptual Analysis

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This chapter explains the role of conceptual analysis in Frege’s logicist project. It is explained that Frege employs conceptual analyses in order to reduce arithmetical truths to complexes of relatively simple components in order to facilitate the proof of those truths. The importance of the adequacy of the conceptual analyses is emphasized, and Frege’s view of that adequacy is explored in a preliminary way by looking carefully at a selection of Frege’s analyses in Begriffsschrift, Grundlagen, and Grundgesetze. Some of the difficulties surrounding Frege’s conception of analysis are explained, and it is pointed out that a clear conception of Frege’s understanding of analysis requires a clear understanding of his notion of thought, the subject of Chapter 2.

Keywords: logicism; conceptual analysis; Begriffsschrift; Grundlagen; Grundgesetze; thought

Chapter.  9910 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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