Single Idea 17699

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / E. Structures of Logic / 4. Variables in Logic]

Full Idea

A variable in a proposition of logic ....has the status of a mere auxiliary notion that is really inappropriate to the constant, 'eternal' essence of the propositions of logic.

Gist of Idea

Variables are auxiliary notions, and not part of the 'eternal' essence of logic


Moses Sch÷nfinkel (Building Blocks of Mathematical Logic [1924], ž1)

Book Reference

'From Frege to G÷del 1879-1931', ed/tr. Heijenoort,Jean van [Harvard 1967], p.359

A Reaction

He presumably thinks that what the variables stand for (and he mentions 'argument places' and 'operators') will be included in the essence. My attention was caught by the thought that he takes logic to have an essence.

Related Idea

Idea 18895 Logic which maps ordinary reasoning must be transparent, and free of variables [Sommers]