Overview

Michael Dummett's work on the problem of abstract objects is central to contemporary debates within the philosophy of language and mathematics. This book offers an historically-informed critical assessment of Dummett's account of abstract objects, examining in detail some of the Fregean presuppositions whilst also engaging with recent work on the problem of abstract entities. One of the main theses of the book is that contemporary debates on abstract objects can be illuminated by contrasting the work of Frege and...
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Dummett on Abstract Objects

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Overview

Michael Dummett's work on the problem of abstract objects is central to contemporary debates within the philosophy of language and mathematics. This book offers an historically-informed critical assessment of Dummett's account of abstract objects, examining in detail some of the Fregean presuppositions whilst also engaging with recent work on the problem of abstract entities. One of the main theses of the book is that contemporary debates on abstract objects can be illuminated by contrasting the work of Frege and Husserl on issues such as the constitution of meaning, the objectivity of content and the role of symbolic reasoning in mathematics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230378469
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Series: History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

GEORGE DUKE lectures in Philosophy in the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University, Australia. He has published on the origins of analytical philosophy, the phenomenology of Husserl and the divide between analytical and continental philosophy.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Fregean Notion of an Object
Psychologism and Objectivity
The Context Principle
A Problem about Reference
The Concrete-Abstract Distinction
Tolerant Reductionism
Mathematical Objects
Conclusion
References
Index

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