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Building on Frege

New Essays about Sense, Content and Concepts

edited by Albert Newen, Ulrich Nortmann, and Rainer Stuhlmann-Laeisz

The book is based on a selection of papers presented at a conference in Bonn (Germany) in the autumn of 1998, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gottlob Frege's birth, and the lasting influence of this outstanding German philosopher-logician's work on subsequent developments in philosophy. Some of the papers are treating exegetical questions, but mainly systematic issues of contemporary interest are discussed either in a Fregean spirit or in dialogue with Frege's original views. Key papers concern the ontological status of propositions and concepts, recent attempts to improve on the semantics of singular terms, the question of how to construe the content of concept-expressions, and other themes within the common grounds in which ontology and philosophical semantics intersect. Among the contributors are leading theorists in the philosophy of language.

The papers are influenced by the work of the outstanding German philosopher and logician Gottlob Frege (1848-1925). Some of the authors are dealing with exegetical questions, but mainly systematic issues of contemporary interest are discussed either in a Fregean spirit or in dialogue with Frege's original views. Key papers concern the ontological status of propositions and concepts, recent attempts to improve on the semantics of singular terms, the question of how to construe the content of concept-expressions, and other themes within the common grounds in which ontology and philosophical semantics intersect. Among the contributors are leading theorists in the philosophy of language.

Albert Newen is assistant professor of philosophy at University of Bonn. Ulrich Nortmann is professor of philosophy at Saarbruecken University. Rainer Struhlmann-Laeisz is professor of philosophy and logic at University of Bonn.

Contents

  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I Frege and the Philosophical Tradition
  • 1 Frege – A Platonist or a Neo-Kantian?
    Wolfgang Carl
  • 2 Frege, Lotze, and the Continental Roots of Early Analytic Philosophy
    Gottfried Gabriel
  • 3 How Do We ‘Grasp’ a Thought, Mr. Frege?
    Wolfgang Malzkorn
  • 4 Frege on Apriority
    Tyler Burge
  • II Sense and Propositional Content
  • 5 Sense and Ojectivity in Frege's Logic
    Gilead Bar-Elli
  • 6 Freegean Senses and the Semantics of Singular Terms
    Albert Newan
  • 7 Frege on Identity, Cognitive Value, and Subject Matter
    John Perry
  • 8 How to Kipke a Frege-Russell
    Rosemarie Rheinwald
  • 9 Concepts and Their Modes of Presentation
    Ulrich Nortmann
  • 10 Modes of Presentation: Perceptual vs. Deferential
    François Recanati
  • III Empty Names and the Context Principle
  • 11 Sense Without Reference
    R.M. Sainsbury
  • 12 How can “a exists” Be False?
    Edgar Morscher
  • 13 The Context-Principle
    Rainer Stuhlmann-Laeisz
  • IV Concepts
  • 14 Constituents of Concepts: Bolzano vs. Frege
    Wolfgang Künne
  • 15 Concepts are Beliefs about Essences
    Ulrike Haas-Spohn and Wolfgang Spohn
  • IV Concepts
  • 16 Concepts of a Set
    Franz con Kutschera
  • 17 Is Logic the Science of the Laws of Truth
    Uwe Meixner

5/1/2001

ISBN (Paperback): 157586312X (9781575863122)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575863111 (9781575863115)

Subject: Gottlob Frege

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