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    Did Georg Cantor influence Edmund Husserl?
    Synthese 113 (1): 145-170. 1997.
    Few have entertained the idea that Georg Cantor, the creator of set theory, might have influenced Edmund Husserl, the founder of the phenomenological movement. Yet an exchange of ideas took place between them when Cantor was at the height of his creative powers and Husserl in the throes of an intellectual struggle during which his ideas were particularly malleable and changed considerably and definitively. Here their writings are examined to show how Husserl's and Cantor's ideas overlapped and c…Read more
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    Edmund Husserl was one of the very first to experience the direct impact of challenging problems in set theory and his phenomenology first began to take shape while he was struggling to solve such problems. Here I study three difficulties associated with Frege's use of sets that Husserl explicitly addressed: reference to non-existent, impossible, imaginary objects; the introduction of extensions; and 'Russell's paradox'.I do so within the context of Husserl's struggle to overcome the shortcoming…Read more
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    Reference and Paradox
    Synthese 138 (2): 207-232. 2004.
    Evidence is drawn together to connect sources of inconsistency that Frege discerned in his foundations for arithmetic with the origins of the paradox derived by Russell in "Basic Laws" I and then with antinomies, paradoxes, contradictions, riddles associated with modal and intensional logics. Examined are: Frege's efforts to grasp logical objects; the philosophical arguments that compelled Russell to adopt a description theory of names and a eliminative theory of descriptions; the resurfacing of…Read more
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    Frege's attack on Husserl and Cantor
    The Monist 77 (3). 1994.
    By drawing attention to these facts and to the relationship between Cantor’s and Husserl's ideas, I have tried to contribute to putting Frege's attack on Husserl "in the proper light" by providing some insight into some of the issues underling criticisms which Frege himself suggested were not purely aimed at Husserl's book. I have tried to undermine the popular idea that Frege's review of the Philosophy of Arithmetic is a straightforward, objective assessment of Husserl’s book, and to give some …Read more
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    Abstraction and idealization in Edmund Husserl and Georg Cantor prior to 1895
    Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 82 (1): 217-244. 2004.
    Little is known of Edmund Husserl's direct encounter with Georg Cantor's ideas on Platonic idealism and the abstraction of number concepts during the late 19th century, when Husserl's philosophical orientation changed considerably and definitely. Closely analyzing and comparing the two men's writings during that important time in their intellectual careers, I describe the crucial shift in Husserl's views on psychologism and metaphysical idealism as it relates to Cantor's philosophy of arithmetic…Read more
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    In “Function and Concept” and “On Concept and Object”, Frege argued that certain differences between dependent and independent meanings were inviolable and “founded deep in the nature of things” but, in those articles, he was not explicit about the actual consequences of violating such differences. However, since by creating a law that permitted one to pass from a concept to its extension, he himself mixed dependent and independent meanings, we are in a position to study some of the actual conse…Read more
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    Husserl, Frege and 'the paradox'
    Manuscrito 23 (2): 101-132. 2000.
    In letters that Husserl and Frege exchanged during late 1906 and early 1907, when it is thought that Frege abandoned his attempts to solve Russell's paradox, Husserl expressed his views about the "paradox". Studied here are three deep-rooted differences between their approaches to pure logic present beneath the surface in these letters. These differences concern Husserl's ideas about avoiding paradoxical consequences by shunning three potentially para-dox producing practices. Specifically, he sa…Read more
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    Tracking the Logos
    Axiomathes 22 (1): 91-108. 2012.
    Anna-TeresaTymieniecka writes of a “dynamic skeleton for future fusions of sense” rising from the seemingly disjointed situation of philosophy and details how her phenomenology of life can put flesh on it. Examined here are her efforts to: uncover the deep-lying intelligibility of life by emphasizing the role of the logos of life in connection with meaning structures developed by Husserl; undertake a critique of phenomenological reason; delineate life’s path, not from cognition in isolation, but…Read more
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    This is a review of Dallas Willard's book of that title.
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    La Mannigfaltigkeitslehre de Husserl
    Philosophiques 36 (2): 447-465. 2009.
    Pour projeter de la lumière dans de nombreux coins et recoins obscurs de la logique pure de Husserl et dans les rapports entre sa logique formelle et sa logique transcendantale, et combler des lacunes empêchant qu’on arrive à une appréciation juste de sa Mannigfaltigkeitslehre, ou théorie de multiplicités, on examine comment, en prônant une théorie des systèmes déductifs, ou systèmes d’axiomes, comme tâche suprême de la logique pure, Husserl cherchait à résoudre certains problèmes épineux auxque…Read more
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    Husserl and Frege
    Review of Metaphysics 38 (4): 894-896. 1985.
    In recent years much of the attention given to the important intellectual kinship between Husserl and Frege has been on the part of philosophers schooled in the analytic tradition fathered by Frege. Here Mohanty endeavors to place these inquiries in their proper context by exploring more fully this area of legitimate exchange between analytic philosophy and phenomenology.
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    Husserl and Frege on Functions
    In Guillermo E. Rosado Haddock (ed.), Husserl and Analytic Philosophy, De Gruyter. pp. 89-118. 2016.
    Abstract: Groundwork is lain for answering questions as to how to situate Husserl’s theory of functions in relation to Frege’s. I examine Husserl’s ideas about analyticity and mathematics, logic and mathematics, formalization, calculating with concepts and propositions, the foundations of arithmetic, extensions to show that, although he knew, studied and lauded Frege’s ideas about functions and concepts, each man approached the issues from different angles. Seduced by the siren of transcendental…Read more
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    E. HUSSERL Allgemeine Erkenntnistheorie, Vorlesung 1902/03
    History and Philosophy of Logic 24 (1): 76-77. 2003.
    This is a preprint version of my "Review of E. Husserl's Allgemeine Erkenntnistheorie (1902/03), Vorlesung published in History and Philosophy of Logic 24 (2003), 76-78. The published version should be consulted for all citations.
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    Phenomenology from the metaphysical standpoint
    Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 43 (91): 19-36. 2008.
  • Husserl and Intentionality (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 38 (1): 143-143. 1984.
    This book was ten years in the making and it takes as its point of departure work on analytic philosophy and phenomenology done in the late sixties by the authors' professors at Stanford, Jaakko Hintikka and Dagfinn Føllesdal. Subsequent research, though, and notably J. N. Mohanty's work on Husserl and Frege have pointed to the difficulties unearthed as one examines assumptions about ties between Husserl's efforts and the work of Frege and his successors. Husserl was himself a master of the trad…Read more
  • In search of the origins of some of the most fundamental problems that have beset philosophers in English-speaking countries in the past century, Claire Ortiz Hill maintains that philosophers are treating symptoms of ills whose causes lie buried in history. Substantial linguistic hurdles have blocked access to Gottlob Frege's thought and even to Bertrand Russell's work to remedy the problems he found in it. Misleading translations of key concepts like intention, content, presentation, idea, mean…Read more
  • In search of the origins of some of the most fundamental problems that have beset philosophers in English-speaking countries in the past century, Claire Ortiz Hill maintains that philosophers are treating symptoms of ills whose causes lie buried in history. Substantial linguistic hurdles have blocked access to Gottlob Frege's thought and even to Bertrand Russell's work to remedy the problems he found in it. Misleading translations of key concepts like intention, content, presentation, idea, mean…Read more