Ideas from 'Frege philosophy of mathematics' by Michael Dummett [1991], by Theme Structure
[found in 'Frege: philosophy of mathematics' by Dummett,Michael [Duckworth 1991,0715626604]].
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2. Reason / D. Definition / 7. Contextual Definition
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A contextual definition permits the elimination of the expression by a substitution

5. Theory of Logic / A. Overview of Logic / 6. Classical Logic
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In classical logic, logical truths are valid formulas; in higherorder logics they are purely logical

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Nature of Numbers / b. Types of number
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A prime number is one which is measured by a unit alone

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Nature of Numbers / c. Priority of numbers
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Addition of quantities is prior to ordering, as shown in cyclic domains like angles

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / a. Units
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A number is a multitude composed of units

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / e. Counting by correlation
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We understand 'there are as many nuts as apples' as easily by pairing them as by counting them

6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 7. Mathematical Structuralism / e. Structuralism critique
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The identity of a number may be fixed by something outside structure  by counting

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Numbers aren't fixed by position in a structure; it won't tell you whether to start with 0 or 1

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / d. Logicism critique
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Set theory isn't part of logic, and why reduce to something more complex?

7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 7. Abstract/Concrete / a. Abstract/concrete
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The distinction of concrete/abstract, or actual/nonactual, is a scale, not a dichotomy

7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism
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Realism is just the application of twovalued semantics to sentences

8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 1. Nominalism / a. Nominalism
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Nominalism assumes unmediated mental contact with objects

9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 2. Abstract Objects / a. Nature of abstracta
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The existence of abstract objects is a pseudoproblem

9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 2. Abstract Objects / c. Modern abstracta
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Abstract objects nowadays are those which are objective but not actual

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It is absurd to deny the Equator, on the grounds that it lacks causal powers

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'We've crossed the Equator' has truthconditions, so accept the Equator  and it's an object

9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 2. Abstract Objects / d. Problems with abstracta
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Abstract objects need the context principle, since they can't be encountered directly

9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 2. Defining Identity
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Content is replaceable if identical, so replaceability can't define identity [Dummett]

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Frege introduced criteria for identity, but thought defining identity was circular

18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Structure of Concepts / h. Conceptual priority
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An argument for conceptual priority is greater simplicity in explanation

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Maybe a concept is 'prior' to another if it can be defined without the second concept

18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 1. Abstract Thought
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Abstract terms are acceptable as long as we know how they function linguistically

18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 7. Abstracta by Equivalence
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There is no reason why abstraction by equivalence classes should be called 'logical' [Tait]

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We arrive at the concept 'suicide' by comparing 'Cato killed Cato' with 'Brutus killed Brutus'

18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 8. Abstractionism Critique
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To abstract from spoons (to get the same number as the forks), the spoons must be indistinguishable too

19. Language / C. Assigning Meanings / 5. Fregean Semantics
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Fregean semantics assumes a domain articulated into individual objects

27. Natural Reality / C. SpaceTime / 1. Space / c. Points in space
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Why should the limit of measurement be points, not intervals?
