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Curtis Franks is the 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.
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 Kaidovner, clarifying
the derivations in Seder Kodashim.