Wittgenstein's “Great Debt” To Frege

Erich H. Reck

in From Frege to Wittgenstein

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195133264
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833580 | DOI:
Wittgenstein's “Great Debt” To Frege

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It is well known that Frege and his writings were an important influence on Wittgenstein. There is no agreement, however, on the nature and scope of this influence. In this paper, I clarify the situation in three related ways: (1) by tracing Frege's and Wittgenstein's actual interactions, i.e., their face‐to‐face meetings and their correspondence between 1911 and 1920; (2) by documenting Wittgenstein's continued study of Frege's writings, until the very end of his life in 1951; and (3) by constructing, on that basis, a new framework for understanding the themes that connect Wittgenstein to Frege, both in his early and his later works.

Keywords: context principle; correspondence; early analytic philosophy; Frege; history of philosophy; Russell; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  20318 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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