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logicism Line breaks: logi|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒdʒɪsɪz(ə)m/

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Definition of logicism in English:


[mass noun] Philosophy
The theory that all mathematics can ultimately be deduced from purely formal logical axioms, introduced by Frege and developed by Bertrand Russell.
Example sentences
  • This aim makes Frege the first to fully develop the main thesis of logicism, that mathematics is reducible to logic.
  • They explicitly disavow the classical philosophies of formalism, logicism, Platonism, intuitionism, and social constructivism.
  • Of equal significance during this same period was Russell's defence of logicism, the theory that mathematics was in some important sense reducible to logic.


Example sentences
  • It would build on the early work in axiomatizing branches of mathematics, as well as the monumental efforts of logicists like Frege in developing rigorous logical systems.
  • I don't think I am doing him an injustice if I say that epistemologically he was essentially a logicist and positivist.
  • This goal is remarkably similar to those of the common sense logicists, but the research methodology is entirely different.
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