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Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics

Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics

Edited by William Demopoulos

ISBN 9780674319431

Publication date: 03/25/1997

Widespread interest in Frege’s general philosophical writings is, relatively speaking, a fairly recent phenomenon. But it is only very recently that his philosophy of mathematics has begun to attract the attention it now enjoys. This interest has been elicited by the discovery of the remarkable mathematical properties of Frege’s contextual definition of number and of the unique character of his proposals for a theory of the real numbers.

This collection of essays addresses three main developments in recent work on Frege’s philosophy of mathematics: the emerging interest in the intellectual background to his logicism; the rediscovery of Frege’s theorem; and the reevaluation of the mathematical content of The Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Each essay attempts a sympathetic, if not uncritical, reconstruction, evaluation, or extension of a facet of Frege’s theory of arithmetic. Together they form an accessible and authoritative introduction to aspects of Frege’s thought that have, until now, been largely missed by the philosophical community.


  • Scholarly, thorough, and well presented...This collection presents material that has important philosophical implications.

    —Gordon Baker, Times Higher Education Supplement


  • William Demopoulos (1943–2017), editor of Frege’s Philosophy of Mathematics and author of Logicism and Its Philosophical Legacy, spent nearly four decades as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

Book Details

  • 480 pages
  • 6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press