The question motivating the present work is: what is really the significance of Frege with respect to the philosophical tradition? Of course this question may also be viewed as a particular case of the more general one: what is the significance of modern “Grundlagenforschung” or modern logic with respect to the philosophical tradition? The problem is of the type quid sit rather than of the type an sit, the latter enjoying nowadays an unanimously affirmative answer. Our aim is therefore to provide more precise answers to the question regarding the nature of Frege’s relations with the philosophical tradition. Such relations may be considered under different aspects. In one of these aspects Frege’s significance with respect to the philosophical past has already been largely dealt with; this is his purely formal logical creation. And perhaps the above mentioned unanimity is mostly restricted to Frege qua logician.


Philosophical Tradition Precise Answer Modern Logic Pure Intuition Accidental Predication 
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    UFT (1885) contains a particularly clear and concise formulation of logicism, but GRL (1884) already includes the same ideas.Google Scholar
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    For the pure intuition cf. BG, § 23 (“… selbst durch eine Anschauung a priori…).” Also GRL, §§ 90, 91.Google Scholar
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    BG, Vorwort,p. IV (“… Damit sich hierbei nicht unbemerkt etwas Anschauliches eindrangen könnte…”). But see the more impressive statement in GRL, § 91: “Um diese Übelstände zu vermindern [i.e., to detect non-logical factors in demonstration], habe ich meine Begriffsschrift erdacht.”Google Scholar
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    I expand in this way Frege’s statement in BG, p. IV below. Cf. note 5 here.Google Scholar
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  • Ignacio Angelelli
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  1. 1.University of TexasUSA

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