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Classical Texts: Frege's Grundlagen der Arithmetik


Admission requirements


Philosophy has been blessed with a number of short texts of outstanding quality. Consider Plato’s Meno , The Proslogicon by St Anselm of Canterbury, and Descartes Meditations. Of more contemporary works, also Quine’s From a Logical Point of View and Kripke’s Naming and Necessity show similar brilliance.

Gottlob Frege’s Grundlagen der Arithmetik form 1884 also belongs to this category of exceptional and pleasurably short philosophical works; it inaugurated the “linguistic turn” in philosophy. Still after 30 years the book remains a model of clarity and exactitude. It touches upon crucial questions of ontology and foundationalist epistemology, and attempts to resolve these by means of considerations taking their point of departure in language.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2013-2014 , BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject of Standaardtraject), eerste jaar of tweede jaar.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Course load

Total course load: 140 hrs
Attending classes: 2 × 14 = 28 hrs
Time for studying the compulsory literature: 50 hrs
Library assignments: 22 hrs
Take home exam: 40 hrs

Test method

  • Assigments (have to be successfully completed in order to pass for the course);

  • Final take-home exam.


Blackboard will be used for posting course materials and information.

Reading list

  • Gottlob Frege, Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Engl. transl. Foundations of Arithmetic ). The text will be made available at the start of the course.


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Contact information

Prof.dr. B.G. Sundholm