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Single Idea 13480

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 2. Self-Evidence]

Full Idea

The conception of Frege is that self-evidence is an intrinsic property of the basic truths, rules, and thoughts expressed by definitions.

Gist of Idea

Fregean self-evidence is an intrinsic property of basic truths, rules and definitions


William D. Hart (The Evolution of Logic [2010], p.350)

Book Reference

Burge,Tyler: 'Truth, Thought, Reason (on Frege)' [OUP 2001], p.350

A Reaction

The problem is always that what appears to be self-evident may turn out to be wrong. Presumably the effort of arriving at a definition ought to clarify and support the self-evident ingredient.