The Cambridge Companion to Frege

The Cambridge Companion to Frege

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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.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139796984
  • 9781139796989

Table of contents

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.
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'Central to this end were Frege's insights on quantification, the notation that expressed it, the logicist project, and the extension of mathematical notions like function and argument to natural language. The long-awaited Cambridge Companion to Frege is a compendium of Fregean scholarship that rigorously explores these and similar topics; editors Thomas Ricketts and Michael Potter have compiled a comprehensive collection of fourteen essays that individually provide focused appraisals of a number of Frege's most substantial insights.' Alexander Bozzo, University of Milwaukee 'The long-awaited publication of The Cambridge Companion to Frege is a major event in Frege scholarship ... Every serious reader of Frege should read it.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (
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About Tom Ricketts

Tom Ricketts is Professor of Philosophy at Pittsburgh University. He is the author of numerous articles on the development of analytic philosophy, especially Frege, Wittgenstein and Carnap. Michael Potter is a Reader in the Philosophy of Mathematics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He is the author of Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic (2009), Set Theory and its Philosophy (2004) and Reason's Nearest Kin (2000).
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