The Finite and the Infinite in Frege's Grundgesetze der Arithmetik

In Matthias Schirn (ed.), The Philosophy of mathematics today. New York: Clarendon Press (1998)
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Discusses Frege's formal definitions and characterizations of infinite and finite sets. Speculates that Frege might have discovered the "oddity" in Dedekind's famous proof that all infinite sets are Dedekind infinite and, in doing so, stumbled across an axiom of countable choice.

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Richard Kimberly Heck
Brown University


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