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Single Idea 7730

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 3. Objectual Quantification]

Full Idea

In order to express generality, Frege introduced quantifier notation.

Gist of Idea

Frege introduced quantifiers for generality


report of Gottlob Frege (Begriffsschrift [1879]) by Joan Weiner - Frege

Book Reference

Weiner,Joan: 'Frege' [OUP 1999], p.44

A Reaction

This is the birth of predicate logic, beloved of analytical philosophers (but of no apparent interest to phenomenalists, deconstructionists, existentialists?). Generality is what you get from induction (which is, of course, problematic).