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Single Idea 14236

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 6. Plural Quantification]

Full Idea

Frege says the number four is assigned to the concept 'horse that draws the Kaiser's carriage', but the four horses that drew the carriage did so together, not separately. No horses, not four, fall under the Fregean concept.

Gist of Idea

Each horse doesn't fall under the concept 'horse that draws the carriage', because all four are needed


comment on Gottlob Frege (Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Foundations) [1884], 46) by Oliver,A/Smiley,T - What are Sets and What are they For? Intro

Book Reference

'Metaphysics (Philosophical Perspectives 20)', ed/tr. Hawthorne,John [Blackwell 2006], p.125

A Reaction

They say that Frege stumbles because he is blind to irreducibly plural predicates.