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Essay Questions


Expound Mill's account of mathematics and logic, and assess Frege's criticisms of Mill.

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Frege declares that never losing sight of the distinction between concept and object is one of three fundamental principles he kept to in the Foundations (Introduction, p. X ). Expound Frege's distinction between concept and object and assess its importance for his Foundations of Arithmetic.

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Expound Frege's definition of natural number, and consider whether, on the basis of such a definition, we can know that the numbers exist.

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Assess Frege's claim that, "arithmetic thus becomes simply a development of logic, and every proposition of arithmetic a law of logic, albeit a derivative one" (Foundations of Arithmetic, §87, p. 99). Include some account of Frege's development of logic in Begriffsschrift, and his definition in Part III of Begriffsschrift of "y follows in the φ-series after x", and his adoption of Basic Law V in Grundgesetze and its inconsistency.

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