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The notion of content and Frege's logical objects

Grant number: 16/15742-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 02, 2017
Effective date (End): August 01, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Logic
Principal researcher:Marco Antonio Caron Ruffino
Grantee:Vincenzo Ciccarelli
Supervisor abroad: Agustin Rayo
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/27057-5 - Foundations and principles of Frege's logical objects, BP.DR


In this project I deepen my analysis of the notion of logical object which is the main topic of my FAPESP PhD project. In particular, I refer to Frege's notion of 'content' and I highlight the fundamental role it plays in the foundation and principles that rule the introduction of logical objects into the formal system. My proposal is to introduce a weak notion of content which although on the one hand is not aimed at entirely solving the problem of indeterminacy of reference for terms allegedly referring to logical objects, on the other hand may have the advantage of being generally characterized in the framework of a Fregean semantic theory and of providing a partial justification for Axiom V and Hume's principle. I also highlight the aspects in which my proposal is strongly connected with my local supervisor's work and with other faculty members. (AU)

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