Philosophy of Mathematics (ii) — Frege and Abstractionism – Crispin J. Wright
That Analytic Philosophy all along has not been a purely Anglo-American affair rooted in British empiricism, but also has deep roots in German-language philosophy can be considered to be well-established ever since Michael Dummett published a series of lectures given in Bologna in as The Origins of Analytical Philosophy Dummett's historical focus lay on the anti-psychologistic impetus of the "linguistic turn" he located in Frege's Grundlagen and the methodological consequences of the "extrusion of thoughts from the mind" -- "common to Bolzano, Frege, Meinong and Husserl" -- for philosophy. For Dummett, Brentano, whose name is missing here, figures in this development not only due to his later repudiation of his own earlier views concerning the intentional inexistence of objects of thought, but even more so because that earlier view set a problem which Frege, Meinong and Husserl sought to solve in various ways. Whether that anti-psychologistic orientation was wholly followed by all analytic philosophers -- for instance, Russell -- is debatable, but the centrality of Bolzano, Frege, Meinong and Husserl for the linguistic turn in analytic philosophy is not. Apart from his throw-away remark that in light of the "historical context in which analytical philosophy came to birth … it would better be called 'Anglo-Austrian' rather than 'Anglo-American'", Dummett did not pursue further the historical questions which his lectures had brought to wider attention.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The philosophy of Gottlob Frege is the starting point for the entire modern analytical movement; it profoundly influenced Russell, Wittgenstein, and Quine. Michael Dummett here expands upon his interpretation of Frege, and answers criticisms and objections that have been raised.
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