Book ID: CBB236027926

Taking Frege at his Word (2021)


Weiner, Joan (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 352
Language: English

Frege is widely regarded as having set much of the agenda of contemporary analytic philosophy. As standardly read, he meant to introduce--and make crucial contributions to--the project of giving an account of the workings of (an improved version of) natural language. Yet, despite the great admiration most contemporary philosophers feel for Frege, it is widely believed that he committed a large number of serious, and inexplicable, blunders. For, if Frege really meant to be constructing a theory of the workings of (some version of) natural language, then a significant number of his stated views--including views that he claimed to be central to his philosophical picture--are straightforwardly wrong. But did Frege mean to be giving an account of the workings of language? He himself never actually claimed to be doing this, and, indeed, never even described such a project.Taking Frege at his Word offers an interpretation that is based on a different approach to his writings. Rather than using the contributions he is taken to have made to contemporary work in the philosophy of language to infer what his projects were, Joan Weiner gives priority to Frege's own accounts of what he means to be doing. She provides a very different view of Frege's project. One might suspect that, on such a reading, Frege's writings would have purely antiquarian interest, but this would be a mistake. The final two chapters show that Frege offers us new ways of addressing some of the philosophical problems that worry us today.

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Review Gregory Lavers (2022) Review of "Taking Frege at his Word". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 89-92). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Pudłocki, Tomasz
Vassallo, Nicla
Dunning, David E.
Roy, Jean-Michel
Van Heijenoort, Jean
Textor, Mark
History and Philosophy of Logic
Logica Universalis
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Walter de Gruyter
Vittorio Klostermann
Lexington Books
Cambridge University Press
Princeton University
Linguistics; philology
Philosophy of mathematics
Number theory; number concept
Frege, Gottlob
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Husserl, Edmund
Bolzano, Bernard
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
North America
Lʹvivsʹkyĭ derz︠h︡avnyĭ universytet im. Iv. Franka / University of Lviv
Cracow. Uniwersytet Jagielloński

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