Single Idea 10317

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 10. Properties as Predicates]

Full Idea

Expositors of Frege's views have disagreed over whether abstract qualities are to be reckoned among his objects.

Gist of Idea

It is unclear whether Frege included qualities among his abstract objects


report of Gottlob Frege (On Concept and Object [1892]) by Bob Hale - Abstract Objects Ch.2.II

Book Reference

Hale,Bob: 'Abstract Objects' [Blackwell 1987], p.33

A Reaction

[he cites Dummett 1973:70-80, and Wright 1983:25-8] There seems to be a danger here of a collision between Fregean verbal approaches to ontological commitment and the traditional views about universals. No wonder they can't decide.