Frege@Stirling Workshop I
—Frege’s Epistemology of Basic Logical Laws—
June 22-23, 2013
Pathfoot Building – Room B2
According to Frege, the Urproblem of arithmetic is the question of how we apprehend logical objects. The success of the logicist enterprise, then, depends not just on providing a systematic proof-theoretical reduction of arithmetical truths to logical truths, but also, and crucially, on the availability of a satisfactory answer to the question of how we can justifiedly hold certain basic truths to be logical, for, by Frege’s lights, it is only through those laws that we can come to grasp logical objects by purely logical means.
Our workshop will examine the prospects for a reconstruction of Frege’s view concerning the epistemology of basic logical laws that would better illuminate their role within his broader conception of logic.
Registration: £50 (including conference dinner, lunches and coffees); £30 (excluding conference dinner). Registration is free for those who will not be attending any meals.
The Analysis Trust has kindly made available four accommodation + conference fees bursaries for graduate students. All bursaries have now been awarded.
A second workshop will take place in May 2014 focusing on Frege’s conception of sense and the inference-guiding role assigned to sense under that conception. In 2015, a conference called ‘A Meeting of Minds’ will draw together themes from the two workshops, consider indeterminacy issues arising at crucial points in Frege’s framework and explore the prospects for a unified Fregean account of content, context and logical laws.
The series of workshops is partly sponsored by an Early Career Leverhulme Trust Award held by Walter Pedriali. Additional funds are provided by the Scots Philosophical Association and the University of Stirling.