The Basic Laws of Arithmetic. Gottlob Frege.

The Basic Laws of Arithmetic

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1964. First edition thus. Hardcover. 8vo. [4], v-lxiii, [1], 142, [2] pp. Black cloth with red lettering on the spine. Translated and edited, with an introduction, by Montgomery Furth. Frege's Grundgesetze der Arithmetik originally was published in German in two volumes (in 1893 and 1903) with the second volume appearing just after Frege learned from Russell of the inconsistency of his system (due to the infamous Basic Law V). A great deal of work has been done in recent years suggesting that Frege's Logicist project may have been saved if he had opted to use Hume's Principle instead of Basic Law V, but at the time of this translation Frege was universally thought to have failed in accomplishing his primary goal of showing that mathematics is essentially logic. Thus, the present volume focuses on the sections of Frege's work that would be of value in spite of his failure to establish Logicism. Although there is some overlap with this translation and previous translations into English (the translations of small sections by Jourdain and Stachelroth in The Monist bewteen 1915 and 1917, and the translations of a few sections by Geach and Black in 1952), approximately 70 percent of the material in this book appears in English for the first time. An attractive copy of this book, one of the landmarks of modern philosophy. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #00009060

A Near Fine book with a contemporary name and date on the front flyleaf; dust jacket is Very Good or better: price-clipped, with a few hints of edge wear.

Price: $175.00

See all items by