in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Re-Evaluating Frege’s Anti Psychologism

Dr. Tom Lockhart

Auburn University

December 3rd from 4:00-5:30

in Barnard Observatory, Room 105


“According to what I call Frege’s Predicament, the sharp separation between the psychological and the logical on which Frege famously insists is too sharp, leaving Frege no resources to show how it could be legitimate to invoke logical laws in an explanation of our psychological processes. I argue that a central lesson of Frege’s attack on psychologism is that our processes of thinking and reasoning admit of two kinds of explanation, one psychological, one logical. Ultimately, Frege’s Predicament is only a problem if we fail to heed Frege’s warnings and mistakenly conflate the two.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Lockhart’s paper.  Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (  More information about future UM Philosophy Forum events can be found on the department calendar at