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Here Frege is clearly trying to describe the relation between the old and the new concept as one of subordination. This is, however, an incomplete description of what is involved in non-arbitrary expansions of concepts. ” When we speak about the expansion of a concept we are talking about two concepts such that one of them grew out of the other. The attempt to describe this as subordination is far from capturing the organic-like connection between the concepts. Indeed, in order to capture this connection we must realize that a concept which was deﬁned on some objects is now deﬁned on a broader range of objects, and – what is more important – that the expansion itself is not arbitrary.

This shows that A does not force an internal expansion. The Logic of Concept Expansion Example Let us take D to be the set of all equations that hold for the rational numbers. We assume that the equations in D are written in a language L = (, +, −, ×, x ) (interpreted as plus, minus, times, and the power function). Take the expansion of the power function from the rational numbers to the real numbers. This is strongly forced with respect to D.

The functions in N and K agree on their common part. Examples It is easy to check that the examples of expanding the power function to the zero and the negative numbers, and even to the rational and the real numbers, are captured by the deﬁnitions above. We only have to supply the appropriate laws S and models M, N. For example: M = The partial model of the ﬁeld of real numbers where the power function x is deﬁned for natural numbers. The language L(X ) includes {, , +, −, x, :, x }. N = The internal expansion where the power function is deﬁned on all integers.