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.
Anthony Kenny is Pro-vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. For many years he was a philosophy tutor at Balliol College, of which he became Master. A former President of the British Academy, he was until recently Chairman of the Board of the British Library. He has written a number of influential books on the history of philosophy, and is editor of The Wittgenstein Reader (Blackwell, 1994) and author of the acclaimed A Brief History of Western Philosophy (Blackwell, 1998).