Frege was the founder of modern logic: as a logician and philosopher of logic he ranks with Aristotle. He was little known in his life time but has had a large influence on analytical philosophy through Russell and on continental philosophy through Husserl. He is thought of as a philosophers' philosopher, but it was his genius that made possible the work of writers who have caught the attention of the general public, such as Wittgenstein and Chomsky; and his invention of mathematical logic was one of the major contributions to the development in many disciplines which resulted in the invention of computers, with all their effects on individuals and society.
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"There is nothing comparable for giving students not only an overview of Frege′s achievements, but also a first access to the foundational problems on which he wrote. Kenny′s prose is peerless in this regard – accurate, transparently accessible and, of course, informed by a real appreciation of the central importance of the matters Frege was writing about. It should be compulsory reading for all students of philosophy." Michael Luntley, University of WarwickFrom the Back Cover:
This volume is a concise introduction to the thought of Gottlob Frege, one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.
The chapters follow Frege′s thought in chronological sequence, from the nature of logic, proof and language in Concept Scripts I and II, to The Foundations of Arithmetic, The Basic Laws of Arithmetic, and finally Logical Investigations.
Written by Anthony Kenny, a leading figure in contemporary philosophy, this volume guides the reader through an accessible explanation and assessment of Frege′s radical and lasting contributions to our understanding of language, meaning, and the foundations of arithmetic.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140125507