Curtis Franks at the University of Notre Dame

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This site

You have reached Curtis Franks's web-pages at the University of Notre Dame du Lac.

Franks no longer maintains any content on Gopher.

Its author

Curtis Franks is a direct patrilineal descendent of Isaac Franks (b. 1772 in the Royal Province of South Carolina). He lives in Chicago, Illinois and has been teaching logic and related things in Notre Dame's Department of Philosophy since 2006.

His philosophy

Franks is interested in the origins of modern logic, and much of his research is devoted to this topic in one way or another. Rather than get involved in traditional philosophical debates about the nature and meaning of logic and mathematics, he prefers just to understand the conceptual problems and tendencies of thought that motivate logicians because he sees the beauty of the science they forge as evidence for the correctness of their views. His own thought has failed to exhibit any consistent tendencies, as he aims to inhabit whatever point of view sheds the most light on things.

In 2011 he proposed an answer to a 350 year old question in talmudic logic posed by Aaron Shmuel Kaidanover, clarifying the derivations in Seder Kodashim.


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Last modified January 2023.