Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
- Notre Dame J. Formal Logic
- Volume 41, Number 4 (2000), 365-378.
Optics of Thought: Logic and Vision in Müller, Helmholtz, and Frege
The historical antecedents of Frege's treatment of binocular vision in "The thought" were the physiological writings of Johannes Mueller, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Emil du Bois-Reymond. In their research on human vision, logic was assigned an unexpected role: it was to be the means by which knowledge of a world extended in three dimensions arises from stimuli that are at best two-dimensional. An examination of this literature yields a richer understanding of Frege's insistence that a proper epistemology requires us to recognize the existence and importance of nonsensible sources of knowledge.
Notre Dame J. Formal Logic, Volume 41, Number 4 (2000), 365-378.
First available in Project Euclid: 26 November 2002
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Primary: 01A55: 19th century
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McCarty, D. C. Optics of Thought: Logic and Vision in Müller, Helmholtz, and Frege. Notre Dame J. Formal Logic 41 (2000), no. 4, 365--378. doi:10.1305/ndjfl/1038336881. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ndjfl/1038336881