Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege

Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege

Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege

Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege

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One aim of this volume is to make available to English readers Frege's more important logical essays, which have long been buried in various German periodicals (mostly now defunct). Besides these we have given certain extracts from his Grundgesetze der Arithmetik; these can be understood in the light of the essays, without the reader's needing to follow the chain of deduction in the Grundgesetze.

Special attention should be paid to Frege's discussion of Russell's paradox in the appendix to Vol. ii of the Grundgesetze. It is discreditable that logical works should repeat the legend of Frege's abandoning his researches in despair when faced with the paradox; in fact he indicates a line of solution, which others (e.g. Quine) have followed out farther.

The authorship of the various versions is stated in the table of contents. All versions have been revised with a view to uniform rendering of Frege's special terms; a glossary of these terms is supplied.

Footnote flags such as , relate to translators' footnotes; other footnotes are Frege's own.

Acknowledgments are due to the editors of Mind and the Philosophical Review, for permission to use versions first published there. Acknowledgment is also due for use of the translations made from Vol. I of the Grundgesetze by P. E. B. Jourdain and J. Stachelroth (which were first published in the Monist, 1915-17), to the owners of the copyright, whom it has unfortunately proved impossible to trace. Professor Ryle and Lord Russell have been most helpful by lending works of Frege that were otherwise almost unobtainable.

MAX BLACK. P. T. GEACH.

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