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Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics

William Demopoulos



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Harvard University Press
25 March 1997
Widespread interest in Frege's general philosophical writings is, relatively speaking, a fairly recent phenomenon. But it is only very recently that his philosophy of mathematics has begun to attract the attention it now enjoys. This interest has been elicited by the discovery of the remarkable mathematical properties of Frege's contextual definition of number and of the unique character of his proposals for a theory of the real numbers.

This collection of essays addresses three main developments in recent work on Frege's philosophy of mathematics: the emerging interest in the intellectual background to his logicism; the rediscovery of Frege's theorem; and the reevaluation of the mathematical content of The Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Each essay attempts a sympathetic, if not uncritical, reconstruction, evaluation, or extension of a facet of Frege's theory of arithmetic. Together they form an accessible and authoritative introduction to aspects of Frege's thought that have, until now, been largely missed by the philosophical community.
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Imprint:   Harvard University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   626g
ISBN:   9780674319431
ISBN 10:   0674319435
Pages:   480
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William Demopoulos (1943-2017), editor of Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics and author of Logicism and Its Philosophical Legacy, spent nearly four decades as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

Reviews for Frege's Philosophy of Mathematics

Scholarly, thorough, and well presented...This collection presents material that has important philosophical implications. -- Gordon Baker Times Higher Education Supplement This is clearly the best collection of articles on Frege's philosophy of mathematics in existence today. It is also (unlike many collections of articles that are published these days) practically very useful. It serves as an excellent introduction to what is the liveliest part of Frege scholarship today, and to what has become an important sub-field of contemporary philosophy of mathematics, namely the understanding and assessment of the logistic project. -- Leon Horsten Zentralblatt MATH

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