Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) was unquestionably one of the most important philosophers of all time. He trained as a mathematician, and his work in philosophy started as an attempt to provide an explanation of the truths of arithmetic, but in the course of this attempt he not only founded modern logic but also had to address fundamental questions in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. Frege is generally seen (along with Russell and Wittgenstein) as one of the fathers of the analytic method, which dominated philosophy in English-speaking countries for most of the twentieth century. His work is studied today not just for its historical importance but also because many of his ideas are still seen as relevant to current debates in the philosophies of logic, language, mathematics and the mind. The Cambridge Companion to Frege provides a route into this lively area of research.
, Michael Potter
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
01 December 2010
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Preface; Note on translations; Chronology; 1. Introduction Michael Potter; 2. Understanding Frege's project Joan Weiner; 3. Frege's conception of logic Warren Goldfarb; 4. Dummett's Frege Peter Sullivan; 5. What is a predicate? Alex Oliver; 6. Concepts, objects, and the context principle Thomas Ricketts; 7. Sense and reference Michael Kremer; 8. On sense and reference: a critical reception William Taschek; 9. Frege and semantics Richard Heck; 10. Frege's mathematical setting Mark Wilson; 11. Frege and Hilbert Michael Hallett; 12. Frege's folly Peter Milne; 13. Frege and Russell Peter Hylton; 14. Inheriting from Frege: the work of reception, as Wittgenstein did it Cora Diamond.
Reviews for The Cambridge Companion to Frege
...In this Companion the expressed purpose of editors Potter (Univ, of Cambridge, UK) and Ricketts (Univ.of Pittsburgh) is the provision of a comprehensive reference work... The volume admirably fulfills its promise as a critical reference work... This comprehensive account is notable for its uniformly excellent scholarship and its relevance to contemporary discussion... Highly recommended... -L. C. Archie, Lander University, CHOICE