Category Archives: Analytic Fun

Day 6. F is for Frege

Gottlob Frege is, along with Bertrand Russel I suppose, considered to be the founder of analytic philosophy. Along with that is his development of symbolic logic, the first real alternative to Aristotle’s syllogistic logic and also an important step towards … Continue reading

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Philosophical diversion

This post is semi-inspired by a brief discussion elsewhere. It was suggested that, given the controversial nature of ethical theories, it is more reasonable to view them as expressions (or ad hoc justifications, I suppose) of subjective preferences until we … Continue reading

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Poor Tom

  I’m sorry, but I just found this amusing: “I am just appalled to see how, in spite of what I think is the progress we’ve made in the last 25 years, there’s this sort of retrograde gang,” he said, … Continue reading

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Philosophy Notes: Prior Analytics Book A (1-2)

School’s back, but I’m not! However, since I have to keep the ol’ noggin running, since this blog can’t just be about res ludorum but also studiorum, I’ve decided to use it to help me crack open some philosophy. These … Continue reading

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Frege on the importance of clarity of reference

In the middle of his famous discussion of sense and reference, Gottlob Frege drops a somewhat out of place political reference: A logically perfect language (Begriffsschrift) should satisfy the conditions, that every expression grammatically well constructed as a proper name … Continue reading

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