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p. 61. How many things are there?locked

  • Michael Beaney

Abstract

‘How many things are there?’ introduces Gottlob Frege (1848–1925), one of the main founders of analytic philosophy whose central concern was with the nature of mathematics, and arithmetic in particular. It considers the question ‘How many things are there?’, concluding a simple answer is not permitted without specifying the relevant concept(s) by means of which to think of the things. If how to answer a given question is not immediately obvious, then we need to identify its possible meanings. Perhaps we will find the intended or relevant meaning by understanding the context; if not, then we may need to imagine possible contexts in which the question has an answer.

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