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Single Idea 9819

[catalogued under 18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 8. Abstractionism Critique]

Full Idea

Husserl substitutes his account of the process of concept-formation for a delineation of the concept. It is above all in making this substitution that psychologism is objectionable (and Frege opposed it so vehemently).

Gist of Idea

Psychologism blunders in focusing on concept-formation instead of delineating the concepts


comment on Edmund Husserl (Philosophy of Arithmetic [1894]) by Michael Dummett - Frege philosophy of mathematics Ch.2

Book Reference

Dummett,Michael: 'Frege: philosophy of mathematics' [Duckworth 1991], p.20

A Reaction

While this is a powerful point which is a modern orthodoxy, it hardly excludes a study of concept-formation from being of great interest for other reasons. It may not appeal to logicians, but it is crucial part of the metaphysics of nature.