Frege

Frege : A Critical Introduction

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This new book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Fregea s remarkable philosophical work, examining the main areas of his writings and demonstrating the connections between them. Fregea s main contribution to philosophy spans philosophical logic, the theory of meaning, mathematical logic and the philosophy of mathematics. The book clearly explains and assesses Fregea s work in these areas, systematically examining his major concepts, and revealing the links between them. The emphasis is on Fregea s highly influential work in philosophical logic and the theory of meaning, including the features of his logic, his conceptions of object, concept and function, and his seminal distinction between sense and reference. Frege will be invaluable for students of the philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and analytic philosophy.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 23mm | 500g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745616720
  • 9780745616728

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This new book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction toFrege's remarkable philosophical work, examining the main areas ofhis writings and demonstrating the connections between them.

Frege's main contribution to philosophy spans philosophicallogic, the theory of meaning, mathematical logic and the philosophyof mathematics. The book clearly explains and assesses Frege's workin these areas, systematically examining his major concepts, andrevealing the links between them. The emphasis is on Frege's highlyinfluential work in philosophical logic and the theory of meaning, including the features of his logic, his conceptions of object, concept and function, and his seminal distinction between sense andreference.

Frege will be invaluable for students of the philosophyof language, philosophical logic, and analytic philosophy.
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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowlegements. Chapter 1 Introduction: Fregea s Life and Work, Biography, The Origin and Development of Fregea s Philosophy, Fregea s Contributions to Philosophy. Chapter 2: Logic,The Purpose of Conceptional Notation, Logic Before Frege, Fregean Logic. Chapter 3: Number, Aims of the Foundations of Arithmetic, Rebuttal of Earlier Attempts, The Development of Fregea s Own Position. Chapter 4: Philosophical Logic, On Function and Concept, On Concept and Object. Chapter 5: Theory of Meaning, The Distinction between Sense and Reference, Indirect Reference, The Objectivity of Sense, Challenges to Sense. Appendix. Bibliography. Index
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a Noonana s book provides a careful and painstaking, yet readily accessible, exposition of Fregea s principal doctrines. His evident sympathy with Fregea s views never interferes with a searchingly critical assessment. Whilst many important claims in the book are far from being uncontroversial, its final two chapters -- on Fregea s philosophical logic and theory of meaning -- must rank among the best discussions available.a Bob Hale, University of Glasgow "This is an excellent introduction to Frege...Therea s much to admire and agree with in this book" Steven Robinson, Philosophy in Review
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About Harold W. Noonan

Harold Noonan is a well--known philosopher who has published numerous books and articles. His previous books include Objects and Identity and Personal Identity.
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