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Лингвистичният обрат и раждането на логическия анализ на езика: Готлоб Фреге (1879–1890)
The Linguistic Turn and the Logical Analysis of Language: Gottlob Frege (1879–1890)

Author(s): Kamen Lozev
Subject(s): Epistemology, Logic, Ancient Philosphy, Analytic Philosophy
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: Frege; the linguistic turn; analysis; Begriffsschrift; the context principle

Summary/Abstract: Accepting in principle Michael Dummett’s view that the linguistic turn was first taken by Gottlob Frege in Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik, § 62, 1884, the article argues that de facto the specific “mentality” of the linguistic turn was formed in Frege’s thought earlier, during the years 1874–1879, while he was reading philosophical and mathematical texts, criticizing then current views on number and arithmetical truths, and preparing his Begriffsschrift for publication. The article surveys the logical breakthroughs made by Frege and argues that, during the years 1879–1890, Frege was practicing logical analysis of language mainly in the form of functional-argument presentation of conceptual contents and sentences, anticipating his own important writings from the beginning of the 1890s, when the concepts of Sinn and Bedeutung were introduced and a new semantic theory was formed, which further affected his analysis of language.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 136-152
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English, Bulgarian