Frege’s Puzzle: A Phenomenological Solution

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DePaul University


Despite the great promise and intellectual rigor of its founding, in recent years the dominant influence of the analytic tradition in Anglo-American philosophy has begun to weaken. While it remains a rich source of excellent scholarship, the remarkable achievements that distinguished the movement in the early part of the twentieth century have not been matched by more contemporary efforts to build upon those successes. Furthermore, the bulk of the aforementioned scholarship has been devoted to trying to untangle the nest of logical difficulties encountered by their forerunners, with comparatively little to offer in the way of fresh insight. As a consequence, Anglo-American philosophy is gradually drifting away from the traditional analytic approach into pragmatic or post-modern alternatives, or more recently, ceding its ground to cognitive science.