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Single Idea 16903

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 4. Foundationalism / d. Rational foundations]

Full Idea

Frege thought that the relations of epistemic justification in a science mirrors the natural ordering of truths: in particular, what is self-evident is selbstverstandlich.


'selbstverstandlich' means self-standing, or foundational

Gist of Idea

Justifications show the ordering of truths, and the foundation is what is self-evident


report of Gottlob Frege (Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Foundations) [1884], 02) by Robin Jeshion - Frege's Notion of Self-Evidence 1

Book Reference

-: 'Mind' [-], p.944

A Reaction

I'm not sure that I can accept a 'natural ordering of truths'. Is there a natural ordering of the facts of the world? The most I can see is a direction to causation. Maybe inferences have a direction, but humans intrude on those.