Gottlob Frege (1848-1925)

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  • Analytic philosophy

Research Interests

  • Influence on 20th-century philosophy

Notable Ideas

  • The distinction between Sinn and Bedeutung (usually translated "Sense and Reference", but also as "Sense and Meaning" or "Sense and Denotation")


Gottlob Frege is a German philosopher and mathematician. He was professor of mathematics (1879-1918) at the Univ. of Jena. Frege was one of the founders of modern symbolic logic, and his work profoundly influenced Bertrand Russell. He claimed that all mathematics could be derived from purely logical principles and definitions. He considered verbal concepts to be expressible as symbolic functions with one or more variables.

Main Publications

  • Frege, Gottlob (1879). Begriffsschrift, eine der arithmetischen nachgebildete Formelsprache des reinen Denkens (tr. Concept Notation, the Formal Language of the Pure Thought like that of Arithmetics), Halle a. S.
  • Frege, Gottlob (1884). Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik: eine logisch-mathematische Untersuchung über den Begriff der Zahl (tr. The Foundations of Arithmetic, 1950), Breslau.
  • Frege, Gottlob (1903). Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, Band I (1893); Band II (1903). Jena: Verlag Hermann Pohle (tr. Basic Laws of Arithmetic: Vol. 1 (1893); Vol. 2 (1903)).

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