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Fixing Frege : Princeton Monographs in Philosophy - John P. Burgess

Fixing Frege

Princeton Monographs in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 25th July 2005
ISBN: 9780691122311
Number Of Pages: 272

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The great logician Gottlob Frege attempted to provide a purely logical foundation for mathematics. His system collapsed when Bertrand Russell discovered a contradiction in it. Thereafter, mathematicians and logicians, beginning with Russell himself, turned in other directions to look for a framework for modern abstract mathematics. Over the past couple of decades, however, logicians and philosophers have discovered that much more is salvageable from the rubble of Frege's system than had previously been assumed. A variety of repaired systems have been proposed, each a consistent theory permitting the development of a significant portion of mathematics.

This book surveys the assortment of methods put forth for fixing Frege's system, in an attempt to determine just how much of mathematics can be reconstructed in each. John Burgess considers every proposed fix, each with its distinctive philosophical advantages and drawbacks. These systems range from those barely able to reconstruct the rudiments of arithmetic to those that go well beyond the generally accepted axioms of set theory into the speculative realm of large cardinals. For the most part, Burgess finds that attempts to fix Frege do less than advertised to revive his system. This book will be the benchmark against which future analyses of the revival of Frege will be measured.

Industry Reviews

Co-Winner of the 2007 Shoenfield Prize, Association for Symbolic Logic "Fixing Frege fills a serious gap in the Frege's literature (always increasing but perhaps with an excessive attention paid to semantics and the philosophy of language) and should remain for a long time a necessary reference for scholars in the field."--Ignacio Angelelli, Review of Modern Logic

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Frege, Russell, and Afterp. 1
Predicative Theoriesp. 86
Impredicative Theoriesp. 146
Tablesp. 215
Notesp. 227
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780691122311
ISBN-10: 0691122318
Series: Princeton Monographs in Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.43