Frege on Thinking and its Epistemic Significance

Frege on Thinking and its Epistemic Significance

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Pieranna Garavaso and Nicla Vassallo investigate Gottlob Frege's notion of thinking (das Denken) to provide a new analysis of a largely unexplored area of the philosopher's work. Confronting Frege's deeply seated and widely emphasized anti-psychologism, Frege on Thinking and Its Epistemic Significance claims that the objective human science that Frege proposed can only be possible through a nuanced notion of thinking as neither merely psychological nor merely logical. Focusing on what Frege says about thinking in many passages from his works, Garavaso and Vassallo argue that Frege was engaged with issues that are still alive in contemporary debates, such as the definition of knowledge and the necessary role of language in conceptual thinking and in the expression of thoughts. Frege on Thinking and Its Epistemic Significance is essential not only for those interested in a new and original reading of Frege's philosophy, but also for anyone engaged in epistemology, logic, psychology, philosophy of language, and the history of analytic more

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  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739178385
  • 9780739178386

Review quote

Pieranna Garavaso and Nicla Vassallo make the new and surprising claim that Frege, despite his anti-psychologism, developed a detailed theory of das Denken (thinking). The authors support this claim by careful citation and analysis of texts. They also criticize Dummett, arguing, quite convincingly, that he overemphasized Frege's stress on the analysis of language and wrongly maintained that Frege ignored epistemology. -- Donald Gillies, University College London In the literature on Frege, his remarks on thinking are often neglected or misunderstood. This book discusses them in detail and thereby helps complete our understanding of this philosopher. -- Mark Textor, King's College Londonshow more

About Pieranna Garavaso

Pieranna Garavaso is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Nicla Vassallo is professor of philosophy at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter One. Introduction Chapter Two. The Many Faces of Anti-Psychologism Chapter Three. Frege's Thinking Chapter Four. Frege's Epistemology Chapter Five. Thinking and Language Chapter Six. Conclusionshow more