Frege’s new language

Por • 21 may, 2020 • Sección: Crítica

Jonathan Barnes

Philosophers have always griped about language. Sometimes the complaints have been local, sometimes global. Some critics have wrung their hands, others have acted. Frege, from the beginning of his career to its end, was a griper — and a man of action. He invented a new artificial language which was to be immune to the diseases which debilitate natural languages and make them incapable of doing scientific service. The new language was a Begriffsschrift, an ideography. It is usually referred to as ‘the Begriffsschrift’; but since it is not the only Begriffsschrift in the world, I prefer to call it ‘Fregean’.

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