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By Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock

The current number of seventeen papers, so much of them already released in foreign philosophical journals, offers either with matters within the philosophy of common sense, the philosophy of arithmetic, the philosophy of language and epistemology. the 1st half includes severe tests and just a little deviant renderings of the paintings of 2 seminal philosophers, Frege and Husserl, in addition to of the younger Carnap and Kripke. the second one half comprises analyses of principal matters within the philosophy of common sense, the philosophy of arithmetic and semantics, together with arguments on behalf of Platonism within the philosophy of arithmetic, a safety of second-order common sense, a brand new definition of analyticity, a comic strip of a semantics for mathematical statements and a critique of Kripke's attainable international semantics for modal common sense.

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In Grundgesetze der Arithmetik Frege asserts9 that he obtained the distinction between the sense and the referent of statements – and, in general, between the sense and the referent of any expression – from the notion of judgeable content. Nonetheless, it should be perfectly clear that the notion of judgeable content is much nearer to his notion of 8 9 See Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik, Introduction, p. 10. Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, p. X. 25 thought, that is, the sense of statements, than to that of truth-value, Frege’s choice for the referent of statements.

Since for an expression to have a sense it is not necessary that it has a referent –for example, the expression ‘the largest prime number’ has a sense but does not and cannot have a referent -, one can apprehend the thought expressed in a statement without judging it to be true or false. To think is precisely to apprehend the thought expressed in a statement. To judge is to acknowledge the truth or falsity of a thought. Finally, it should be mentioned that Frege distinguishes the thought expressed in a statement from the nuances that frequently accompany the verbal formulation of a thought, for example, if instead of simply saying ‘Peter has not arrived’, someone says ‘Peter has still not arrived’ or ‘Sorry, but Peter has not arrived’.

9-17. See p. 11. 46 whereas Frege was a mathematical and logical Platonist, (ii) Kant believed that logic was not capable of any further development, whereas Frege revolutionized logic, (iii) due to his myopic conception of logic, Kant believed that mathematics and logic were disciplines of very different nature, whereas Frege was a logicist and wanted to derive arithmetic (and basically the whole of non-geometrical mathematics) from logic, (iv) Kant believed that there were twelve fundamental a priori concepts, the categories basically extracted from traditional logic, that played a decisive role in our a priori knowledge of mathematics and the fundamental principles of physics, whereas Frege did not believe in such ancient mythology, and (v) Frege stressed the importance of a symbolic language in order to avoid the inadequacies and pitfalls of natural language, whereas Kant had no special concern with the importance of a critical stance with respect to natural language.

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