Logicism and Its Philosophical Legacy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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The idea that mathematics is reducible to logic has a long history, but it was Frege who gave logicism an articulation and defense that transformed it into a distinctive philosophical thesis with a profound influence on the development of philosophy in the twentieth century. This volume of classic, revised and newly written essays by William Demopoulos examines logicism's principal legacy for philosophy: its elaboration of notions of analysis and reconstruction. The essays reflect on the deployment of these ideas by the principal figures in the history of the subject - Frege, Russell, Ramsey and Carnap - and in doing so illuminate current concerns about the nature of mathematical and theoretical knowledge. Issues addressed include the nature of arithmetical knowledge in the light of Frege's theorem; the status of realism about the theoretical entities of physics; and the proper interpretation of empirical theories that postulate abstract structural constraints.

Table of Contents

Frege's analysis of arithmetical knowledge
Carnap's thesis, on extending 'empiricism, semantics and ontology' to the realism-instrumentalism controversy
Carnap's analysis of realism
Bertrand Russell's The Analysis of Matter: its historical context and contemporary interest with
On the rational reconstruction of our theoretical knowledge
Three views of theoretical knowledge
Frege and the rigorization of analysis
The philosophical basis of our knowledge of number
The 1910 Principia's theory of functions and classes
Ramsey's extensional propositional functions
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