The concept arithmetic is reducible to common sense has a protracted heritage, however it was once Frege who gave logicism an articulation and protection that reworked it right into a detailed philosophical thesis with a profound effect at the improvement of philosophy within the 20th century. This quantity of vintage, revised and newly written essays by way of William Demopoulos examines logicism's critical legacy for philosophy: its elaboration of notions of study and reconstruction. The essays think about the deployment of those rules through the valuable figures within the historical past of the topic - Frege, Russell, Ramsey and Carnap - and in doing so light up present matters in regards to the nature of mathematical and theoretical wisdom. concerns addressed comprise the character of arithmetical wisdom within the gentle of Frege's theorem; the prestige of realism concerning the theoretical entities of physics; and the correct interpretation of empirical theories that postulate summary structural constraints.
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