Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) is considered the father of modern logic and one of the founding figures of analytic philosophy. He was first and foremost a mathematician, but his major works also made important contributions to the philosophy of language.
Frege’s writings are difficult and deal with technical, abstract concepts. The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Frege On Sense and Reference helps the student to get to grips with Frege’s thought, and introduces and assesses:
- the background of Frege’s philosophical work
- Frege’s main papers and arguments, focussing on his distinction between sense and reference
- the continuing importance of Frege’s work to philosophy of logic and language.
Ideal for those coming to Frege for the first time, and containing fresh insights for anyone interested in his philosophy, this Guidebook is essential reading for all students of philosophy of language, philosophical logic and the history of analytic philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Searching for the Foundations of Arithmetic 2. The Begriffsschrift and its Philosophical Background 3. From Subject and Predicate to Argument and Function 4. Splitting up Conceptual Content into Sense and Reference 5. The Sense and Reference of Natural Language Singular Terms 6. The Sense and Reference of an Assertoric Sentence 7. The Sense and Reference of a Concept-Word Bibliography Index
Mark Textor is a lecturer in philosophy at King's College London, UK. His main interests are in logic and metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. He is editor of the The Austrian Contribution to Analytic Philosophy, also published by Routledge (2006).