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eBook Frege: Philosophy of Language epub
  • ISBN: 0715616498
  • Genre: Reference
  • Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1992)
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The book has been highly influential.

The book has been highly influential. Together with Frege: Philosophy of Mathematics (1991), it is Dummett's chief contribution to Frege scholarship. However, Dummett's epistemological interpretation of the idea of a route to reference has been seen as unnecessary by Daniel Dennett. The philosopher Roger Scruton endorsed Dennett's view in Sexual Desire (1986).

A splendid achievement. In its honesty, rigour and acumen it establishes Dummett as one of the outstanding philosophers of the present time

The book was instrumental in the rediscovery of Frege's work, and influenced a generation of British philosophers. Dummett, in that book, argues that the vast majority of opposition to immigration has been founded in racism and says that this has especially been so in the UK.

Dummett is deep, but readable. He is a very lucid writer. As he includes criticism of thoughts, implications etc. at the far reaches of Frege, which do tend to fly right over my head, still, he also discusses issues at my level of inquiry and he is outstanding. I have come to understand more and more of Frege because of Dummett.

Frege and the Origins of Semantics. Frege's Unfinished Business. Michael Dummett attended Sandroyd School and Winchester College, and served in the armed forces from 1943 to 1947. Although he was educated within the traditions of the Anglican Church at Winchester, by the age of 13 he regarded himself as an atheist. For current purposes, it is more important to understand the extent to which Dummett approves of Frege's work.

The book is an exposition and an evaluation.

This is the definitive work on the philosophy of Gottlob Frege, one of the fundamental figures in modern philosophy. The book is an exposition and an evaluation. Frege was the initiator of the modern period in the study of logic. His philosophical logic came at the time when logic was to replace epistemology (the theory of knowledge) as the starting point in philosophy. Printed in Great Britain for Harper & Row, Publishers.

Sir Michael Anthony Eardley Dummett, FBA was an English academic described as "among the most significant British philosophers of the last century and a leading campaigner for racial tolerance and equality. He was, until 1992, Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford.

No one has figured more prominently in the study of German philosopher Gottlob Frege than Michael Dummett.

Philosophy books listed by individual philosopher, representing the great philosophy . The Interpretation of Frege's Philosophy by Michael Dummett (Author).

Philosophy books listed by individual philosopher, representing the great philosophy books throughout history. Frege: An Introduction to the Founder of Modern Analytic Philosophy by Sir Anthony Kenny (Author). Gottlob Frege (Arguments of the Philosophers) by Hans D. Sluga (Author). Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

Harvard University Press is pleased to reissue this classic book in paperback. No one has figured more prominently in the study of German philosopher Gottlob Frege than Michael Dummett. Harvard University Press is pleased to reissue this classic book in paperback.

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Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) was a German mathematician, logician and philosopher, who was one of the founders of modern logical theory. Giuseppe Peano and Bertrand Russell introduced his work to later generations of logicians and philosophers.

Michael Dummett teaches Logic at Oxford; he has written books such as "The Interpretation of Frege's Philosophy," "Truth and Other Enigmas," "The Logical Basis of Metaphysics," etc.

He wrote in the Preface of this 1973 book, "This book is the first volume of two about Frege: it deals with his philosophy of language, and the second will treat of his philosophy of mathematics... I have left until the second volume a full consideration of Frege's definition of analyticity... I have said comparatively little here about Frege's doctrine of classes..."

But he admits at the end of the Preface, "There is some irony for me in the fact that the man about whose philosophical views I have devoted, over years, a great deal of time to thinking, was, at least at the end of his life, a virulent racist, specifically an anti-semite. This fact is revealed by a fragment of a diary which survives ... The diary shows Frege have been a man of extreme right-wing political opinions, bitterly opposed to the parliamentary system, democrats, liberals, Catholics, the French and, above all, Jews, who he thought ought to be deprived of all political rights and, preferably, expelled from Germany. When I first read that diary... I was deeply shocked, because I had revered Frege as an absolutely rational man, if, perhaps, not a very likeable one..."

He states, "When Frege engages in polemic against psychologism, what he is concerned to repudiate is the invasion of the theory of meaning by notions concerned with mental processes, mental images, and the like, and the confusion between the process by which we come to acquire a grasp of sense and what constitutes such a grasp. The psychological was for him a realm of incommunicable inner experience: cognitive notions... do not belong to the domain of the psychological as thus understood." (Pg. 240)

He points out, "Frege has three principal theses about the notions of truth and falsity. These are: (1) that to which truth and falsity are primarily ascribed in a thought; (2) truth and falsity are related to sentences as their referents; and (3) truth is indefinable." (Pg. 364)

He argues, "We have seen that... Frege's belief in the existence of non-linguistic correlates of incomplete expressions---concepts, relations and functions---can be justified, but that... the semantic role of such expressions cannot be explained in terms of their referents in anything like the same way as can the semantic role of proper names. The palpable incorrectness of Frege's deductions from his general principles concerning sentences may serve to deter even the most dogmatic disciple of Frege from overrating the analogy between the reference of names and that of incomplete expressions." (Pg. 428)

He observes, "Frege was very well aware of the fundamental methodological role played by these principles: indeed, in the Preface to [the Basic Laws of Arithmetic] he lists as the three basic principles that he has followed: always to separate sharply the psychological from the logical, the subjective from the objective; to ask after the meaning of words only in the context of sentences, not in isolation; and to keep in view the distinction between concept and object." (Pg. 631)

He notes, "Frege's ideas appear to have no ancestry. He applied himself to formal logic, and invented a totally new approach; he applied himself to philosophy, and wrote as if the world was young and the subject had only just been invented. It is true that his works are full of diatribes against the mistakes of others: but he never seems to have learned from anybody else, not even by reaction; other authors appear in his writings only as object-lessons in how not to handle the subject." (Pg. 661)

He suggests, "it is probably due to Wittgenstein that Frege is read by philosophers today. The Tractatus [Logico-Philosophicus] pays profound homage to Frege, homage that is pointedly more intense than that paid to Russell, and is crammed with references to his doctrines: indeed, the book is virtually unintelligible without an understanding of its Fregean background. If it had not been for the influence of this celebrated book, and of Wittgenstein's other teaching and writing, it is possible that the writings of Frege might have been utterly forgotten." (Pg. 662)

He acknowledges, "The few fragmentary writings of Frege's final period are not of high quality: they are interesting chiefly as showing that Frege did... acknowledge the failure of the logicist programme, which he had announced so confidently in [Basic Laws], and had the energy to begin to construct an alternative whole theory of the foundations of mathematics to replace it. The discovery of Russell's paradox had been a shattering blow to a man who had repeatedly had to face the discouragement of neglect when he knew that his work was of the highest value... What is surprising is not that it silenced him for fifteen years, but that he ever started to write again." (Pg. 664)

This is a highly-detailed study of Frege's philosophy, that will be "must reading" for anyone seriously studying Frege.
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