David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studia Philosophica Estonica 1 (1):5-42 (2008)
The founder of modern logic and grandfather of analytic philosophy was 70 years old when he published his paper 'Der Gedanke' (The Thought ) in 1918. This essay contains some of Gottlob Frege's deepest and most provocative reflections on the concept of truth, and it will play a prominent role in my lectures. The plan for my lectures is as follows. What is it that is (primarily) true or false? 'Thoughts', is Frege's answer. In §1, I shall explain and defend this answer. In §2, I shall briefly consider his enthymematic argument for the conclusion that the word 'true' resists any attempt at defining it. In §3, I shall discuss his thesis that the thought that things are thus and so is identical with the thought that it is true that things are thus and so. The reasons we are offered for this thesis will be found wanting. In §4, I shall comment extensively on Frege's claim that, in a non-formal language like the one I am currently trying to speak, we can say whatever we want to say without ever using the word 'true' or any of its synonyms. I will reject the propositional-redundancy claim, endorse the assertive-redundancy claim and deny the connection Frege ascribes to them. In his classic 1892 paper 'Über Sinn und Bedeutung' (On Sense and Signification) Frege argues that truth-values are objects. In §5, I shall scrutinize his argument. In §6, I will show that in Frege's ideography (Begriffsschrift) truth, far from being redundant, is omnipresent. The final §7 is again on truth-bearers, this time as a topic in the theory of intentionality and in metaphysics. In the course of discussing Frege's views on the objecthood, the objectivity of thoughts and the timelessness of truth(s), I will plead for a somewhat mitigated Platonism.
|Keywords||truth-values timelessness truth-bearers|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Peter Pagin (2001). Frege on Truth and Judgment. Organon F 8:1-13.
Luis Fernandez Moreno (1996). Un examen de la argumentación de Frege contra la definibilidad de la verdad (An Examination of Frege's Argumentation Against the Definability of Truth). Theoria 11 (3):165-176.
Luis Fernandez Moreno (1996). Un Examen de la Argumentación de Frege Contra la Definibilidad de la Verdad (an Examination of Frege's Argumentation Against the Definability of Truth). Theoria 11 (3):165-176.
Joan Weiner (2008). How Tarskian is Frege? Mind 117 (466):427-450.
Richard Heck & Robert May (forthcoming). Truth in Frege. In M. Glanzberg (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Truth. Oxford University Press.
Dirk Greimann (2007). Did Frege Really Consider Truth as an Object? Grazer Philosophische Studien 75 (1):125-148.
William W. Taschek (2008). Truth, Assertion, and the Horizontal: Frege on "the Essence of Logic". Mind 117 (466):375-401.
Ari Maunu (2002). Frege's Gedanken Are Not Truth Conditions. Facta Philosophica 4 (2):231-238.
Hans Sluga (2007). Truth and the Imperfection of Language. Grazer Philosophische Studien 75 (1):1-26.
Added to index2009-11-23
Total downloads96 ( #13,585 of 1,101,814 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,766 of 1,101,814 )
How can I increase my downloads?