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Single Idea 9851

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

Full Idea

Husserl saw that abstracted units, though featureless, must in some way retain their distinctness, some shadowy remnant of their objects. So he wanted to correlate like-numbered sets, not just register their identity, but then abstractionism fails.

Gist of Idea

Husserl wanted to keep a shadowy remnant of abstracted objects, to correlate them


comment on Edmund Husserl (Philosophy of Arithmetic [1894]) by Michael Dummett - Frege philosophy of mathematics Ch.12

Book Reference

Dummett,Michael: 'Frege: philosophy of mathematics' [Duckworth 1991], p.146

A Reaction

Abstractionism is held to be between the devil and the deep blue sea, of depending on units which are identifiable, when they are defined as devoid of all individuality. We seem forced to say that the only distinction between them is countability.