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The Frege Reader

Michael Beaney (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-19445-3 July 1997 Wiley-Blackwell 426 Pages


This is the first single-volume edition and translation of Frege's philosophical writings to include all of his seminal papers and substantial selections from all three of his major works.

Abbreviations of Works by Frege.


Introduction. Begriffsschrift (1879): Selections (Preface and Part I).

'Letter to Marty, 29.8.1882'. The Foundations of Arithmetic (1884): Selections (Introduction and 1-4, 45-69, 87-91, 104-9; with summaries of the remaining sections).

'Function and Concept' (1891).

'Letter to Husserl, 24.5.1891': Extract.

'On Sinn and Bedeutung' (1892).

'Comments on Sinn and Bedeutung ' (1892).

'On Concept and Object' (1892). Grundgesetze der Aristmetik, Volume I (1893): Selections (Preface, Introduction, 1-7, 26-29, 32-33).

'Review of E. G. Husserl, Philosophie der Arithmetik I' (1894): Extract.

'Logic' (1897): Extract.

'On Euclidean Geometry' (c.1900).

'Letter to Russell, 22.6.1902': Extract.

'Letter to Russell, 28.12.1902': Extract. Grundgesetze der Aristmetik, Volume II (1903): Selections (55-67, 138-47, Appendix).

'Letter to Russell, 13.11.1904': Extract.

'Introduction to Logic' (1906): Extract.

'A Brief Survey of my Logical Doctrines' (1906): Extract.

'Letters to Husserl, 1906'.

'Logic in Mathematics' (1914): Extract.

'Letter to Jourdain, Jan. 1914': Extract.

'My Basic Logical Insights' (c. 1915).

'Thought' (1918).

'Negation' (1918).

'Notes for Ludwig Darmstaedter' (1919).

'Sources of Knowledge of Mathematics and the Mathematical Natural Sciences' (1924/5): Extract.

'Numbers and Arithmetic' (1924/5).

Appendix 1: Chronology of Frege's Life and Works.

Appendix 2: Frege's Logical Notation.

Appendix 3: Guide to Further Reading.



"The book aims to be the best single edition available for introductory Frege courses. It is a well organized, reasonably priced one-stop Frege shop. It is too convenient not to be used in introductory courses on Frege; in fact, as a single volume, it has no competition I can think of. The general conception is excellent. It is easily readable by graduates or advanced under graduates. The forty-six page introduction and notes to the translations make it useful also for Frege scholars. The book's virtues are strong. I recommend it for courses on Frege, philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, and analytic philosophy." Jan Dejnozka, History and Philosophy of Logic
* First single volume edition of Frege's key writings.
* Contains substantial editorial material to maximize accessibility to students.