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Single Idea 18806

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / A. Syllogistic Logic / 2. Syllogistic Logic]

Full Idea

Frege rejected the traditional categories as importing psychological and linguistic impurities into logic.

Gist of Idea

Frege thought traditional categories had psychological and linguistic impurities


Gottlob Frege (Function and Concept [1891]), quoted by Ian Rumfitt - The Boundary Stones of Thought 1.2

Book Reference

Rumfitt,Ian: 'The Boundary Stones of Thought' [OUP 2015], p.18

A Reaction

Resisting such impurities is the main motivation for making logic entirely symbolic, but it doesn't follow that the traditional categories have to be dropped.