Edited by Michael Beaney, Erich Reck
Introduction by Michael Beaney, Erich Reck
Published December 7th 2005 by Routledge – 1,730 pages
Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) taught at the University of Jena for thirty years, and was scarcely known outside a small circle of professional mathematicians and philosophers. However, later in the twentieth century he came to be recognized as someone who, in demonstrating the affinity of logic with mathematics, laid the foundations for modern philosophy of language and modern logic.
Frege regarded logic as the foundation for philosophy. In doing so, he instigated a radical change in the stance of the majority of Western philosophers whose main pre-occupation since Descartes had been the nature of knowledge rather than logic. His influence can be clearly seen in the work of local positivists of the early twentieth century, as well as in much of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy. This impressive collection brings together recent scholarship on Frege, including new translations of German material, made available to Anglophone scholars for the first time.
Volume I: Frege’s Philosophy in Context Part 1. Frege’s Life and Work Part 2. Frege and Other Philosophers Part 3. Frege’s Epistemology and Metaphysics Volume II: Frege’s Philosophy of Logic Part 4. Frege’s Logic Part 5. Frege and Metalogic Part 6. Logic and Truth Part 7. Logic and Epistemology Volume III: Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics Part 8. Frege and the History and Philosophy of Mathematics Part 9. Frege’s Views on Numbers and Value-Ranges Part 10. Consistency, Frege’s Theorem, and Neo-Logicism Volume IV: Frege’s Philosophy of Thought and Language Part 11. Frege and the Philosophy of Language Part 12. Concepts and Predication Part 13. Sinn and Bedeutung Part Fourteen: The Analysis of Thoughts