Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy

Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy

Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy

Frege Explained: From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy

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"Frege's work exercises a major influence on contemporary philosophical thought on language, logic, and mathematics. Joan Weiner here provides a revised and expanded version of her account of Frege's intellectual journey." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Gottlob Frege's writings have had a profound influence on contemporary thought. His revolutionary new logic was the origin of modern mathematical logic—a field of import not only to abstract mathematics, but also to computer science and philosophy. Frege's new logic, however, is only one important part of his contribution to contemporary philosophical thought. Nearly his entire career was devoted to an attempt to determine the nature of our knowledge of the truths of arithmetic. And, although many of the ideas and insights developed in the pursuit of this project remain influential today, perhaps most influential of all was Frege's conception of the project itself. Frege's approach is widely regarded today as the origin of analytic philosophy, the dominant school in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy.

This book is a short introduction to Frege's thought, designed to be accessible to those without background in philosophy, logic, or mathematics. Most of this book tells the story of the progress of Frege's central project. The story begins with the motivation and conception of the project. It continues with the modifications of the logical system and underlying philosophical views that were necessary to accommodate the demands of the project, and it culminates with the discovery of the contradiction that brought the project crashing down. The final chapters deal with Frege's later writings on the foundations of geometry and logic as well as the influence Frege's work has had on contemporary analytic philosophy.

An earlier version of this book was originally published in Oxford University Press's Past Masters series. I was initially dubious about writing the kind of book Oxford wanted for that series—a book without footnotes. However, I became convinced that the idea was a good one. Thus I have not sought to change this in revising and expanding the book for its new publication in . . .

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