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date: 10 December 2019

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Bernard Bolzano was born in 1781, the year of the publication of the first edition of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason; he died in 1848, the year of Gottlob Frege’s birth. These dates are symbolic. Bolzano’s work is a link between Kant’s philosophy and early analytic philosophy of which Frege is a key exponent. In this chapter I will discuss how Bolzano’s criticism of Kant shapes Bolzano’s theory of propositions. In connection with this I will outline how Bolzano discovered the method of variation and give an overview of his results in employing this method.

Keywords: a priori/a posteriori, concept, consequence, intuition, Kant, proposition, variation

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