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Wittgenstein's Understanding of Frege

Warren Goldfarb

in From Frege to Wittgenstein

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195133264
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133269.003.0008
Wittgenstein's Understanding of Frege

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Frege and Russell were the most significant influences on the young Wittgenstein, but the relative weight of their impacts is less clear. Some interpreters (Geach, Diamond, Ricketts) have claimed for Frege an influence far surpassing that of Russell. I cast doubt on this claim, by reviewing the evidence we have of Wittgenstein's pre‐Tractatus understanding of Frege. Wittgenstein did eventually come to some views more like Frege's than Russell's; I suggest it was his own thinking rather than direct influence from Frege that led him in this direction.

Keywords: Diamond; early analytic philosophy; Frege; Geach; Ricketts; Russell; Tractatus; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  8669 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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