Against the Current: Selected Philosophical Papers by Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock

By Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock

The current selection of seventeen papers, such a lot of them already released in overseas philosophical journals, bargains either with concerns within the philosophy of common sense, the philosophy of arithmetic, the philosophy of language and epistemology. the 1st half comprises serious exams and a little bit deviant renderings of the paintings of 2 seminal philosophers, Frege and Husserl, in addition to of the younger Carnap and Kripke. the second one half comprises analyses of valuable matters within the philosophy of common sense, the philosophy of arithmetic and semantics, together with arguments on behalf of Platonism within the philosophy of arithmetic, a safeguard of second-order common sense, a brand new definition of analyticity, a cartoon of a semantics for mathematical statements and a critique of Kripke's attainable global semantics for modal good judgment.

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31 asserting that arithmetic, being reducible to logic, is essentially a part of the most rational of all sciences: logic. As he would also argue at length in his late paper ‘Der 22 Gedanke’ , in Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik Frege sharply distinguishes23 – against psychologism – what is objective from what is spatially perceptible and, thus, physically real. Certainly, everything physically real is objective, but not everything objective is physically real. For example, the equatorial line and the Earth’s axis are objective, though they are not perceived by our senses.

72 47 But Weiner’s reinterpretation of Frege leads her to some incredible assertions. Thus, on p. 20 of that paper, Weiner asserts that the expression ‘one’ did not have any referent before Frege’s writings and, therefore, the statement ‘zero is smaller than one’ had a sense, but no referent before Frege. Hence, in Weiner’s view, mathematicians before Frege were certainly doing poetry or mythology, instead of mathematics. Moreover, on the same page she adds that Frege seemed to consider natural language as devoid of sense.

20 of that paper, Weiner asserts that the expression ‘one’ did not have any referent before Frege’s writings and, therefore, the statement ‘zero is smaller than one’ had a sense, but no referent before Frege. Hence, in Weiner’s view, mathematicians before Frege were certainly doing poetry or mythology, instead of mathematics. Moreover, on the same page she adds that Frege seemed to consider natural language as devoid of sense. Such an assertion of Weiner’s, that reminds the reader not of any of Frege’s writings but of the end of Wittgenstein’s Logisch-philosophische Abhandlung74, is, to say it mildly, an exaggeration.

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