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In G. ), Language, meaning, interpretation (pp. 117–139). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Hintikka, J. (forthcoming) If logic, deﬁnitions and the vicious circle principle. Kripke, S. (1963). Semantical considerations on modal logic. Acta Philosophica Fennica, 16, 83–94. Author Biography Jaakko Hintikka was Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He was born in 1929 and educated in Finland. He defended his dissertation in 1953. In 1956–1959 Hintikka was Junior Fellow at Harvard. From 1959 until 2014 he held professorships at different institutions in Finland and in the US.
This picture of the relationship between the earlier theory, that of ordinary arithmetic, and its later development in a more sophisticated framework is exhibited again in Frege’s mature development of the theory in Grundgesetze. Here too we ﬁnd an account of terms of the form “the number of F’s”, and of “0” and “successor” that sufﬁce to deliver the result that: if all had gone well, the thoughts expressed in the new theory, thoughts about value-ranges of functions, would have been clearly logically equivalent with good analyses of their ordinary counterparts.
The mathematical demand for the utmost rigor, which includes the demand for proof where proof is possible, and the philosophical question of the true character of mathematical knowledge, whether purely logical or grounded in distinctively mathematical truths, result in one and the same requirement: “that the fundamental propositions of arithmetic should be proved, if in any way possible, with the utmost rigor; for only if every gap in the chain of deductions is eliminated with the greatest care can we say with certainty upon what primitive truths the proof depends, and only when these are known shall we be able to answer our original questions” (Frege 1884, §4).