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Single Idea 8643

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 1. Nature of Existence]

Full Idea

Affirmation of existence is nothing but denial of the number nought.

Gist of Idea

Affirmation of existence is just denial of zero


Gottlob Frege (Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Foundations) [1884], 53)

Book Reference

Frege,Gottlob: 'The Foundations of Arithmetic (Austin)', ed/tr. Austin,J.L. [Blackwell 1980], p.65

A Reaction

Mathematicians - don't you luv 'em. No doubt this is helpful in placing existence within the great network of logical inferences, but his 'nothing but' is laughable. I don't see much existential anguish in the denial of zero.