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Logical Investigations: a comparison of two crucial case studies at the turn of the XX century  

Reading Group of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences

2015-2016

 

Logical Investigations: a comparison of two crucial case studies at the turn of the XX century

 

Conveners: F. Baracco, V. Buonomo

Committed: E. Cacopardi

 

The philosophical inquiry at the turn of the XX century has dealt with the problematic connection between psychology and logic. Specifically, two important philosophers have faced this topic, namely Husserl and Frege. They both dealt with a crucial question about the nature of logic: should we consider its objects as psychological products or not? They want to refuse "a psychological nature" of logic, but their attempts to face this issue have been radically different. There had been a rediscovery of Husserl's logical investigations in recent times and this reading group aims to shed light on them, at least on few specific issues. For this purpose a comparison with Frege's writings seems to be fruitful. Hence, this reading group will focus on Husserl, but it will also take into account the father of analytic philosophy. The starting point will be the conception of meaning in these two authors, but other related issues will be considered along the way depending on attendee's interests.

 

Main References (english version will be provided if necessary)

Husserl E. (2015), Ricerche Logiche, il Saggiatore

Frege G. (1965), Logica e Aritmetica, Boringhieri

Frege G. (1988), Ricerche Logiche, Guerini

 

Further References (english version will be provided if necessary)

Husserl E. (1999), Logica, Psicologia e Fenomenologia, il Melangolo

Frege G. (1983), Alle Origini della Nuova Logica - Epistolario Scientifico, Boringhieri

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