Frege: Philosophy of Language

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Frege: Philosophy of Language
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Author Michael Dummett
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Philosophy
Published 1973
Media type Print

Frege: Philosophy of Language is a book about Gottlob Frege by the British philosopher Michael Dummett, first published in 1973, with a second edition in 1981.[1]


Dummett explains and champions Frege's philosophy.[2] Discussing Frege's view that the sense of a term is the route to its reference, and therefore cannot be specified in such a way that the reference becomes irrelevant to its use, Dummett interprets the idea of a route to reference in epistemological terms, as a procedure for discovering the reference of ta term. Dummett also provides a rival way of arguing for conclusions about names similar to Saul Kripke's view of them as "rigid designators".[3]

Scholarly reception[edit]

Frege: Philosophy of Language has been highly influential. Together with Frege: Philosophy of Mathematics (1991), it is Dummett's chief contribution to Frege scholarship.[2] However, Dummett's epistemological interpretation of the idea of a route to reference has been seen as unnecessary by Daniel Dennett and, following Dennett, Roger Scruton.[4]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Lowe 2005. p. 222.
  2. ^ a b Lowe 1999. p. 247.
  3. ^ Scruton 1994. pp. 370, 397, 416.
  4. ^ Scruton 1994. p. 416.


  • Lowe, E. J. (1999). Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63722-8. 
  • Lowe, E. J. (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1. 
  • Scruton, Roger (1994). Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation. London: Phoenix. ISBN 1-85799-100-1.