, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 127–129 | Cite as

Frege on thinking and thoughts

Pieranna Garavaso and Nicla Vassallo: Frege on thinking and its epistemic significance. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015, viii+128 pp, US $83 HB
  • Thorsten Sander
Book Review

Though Frege occasionally discusses actual thinking in his writings, frequently in order to contrast it with timeless thoughts or Gedanken, most scholars would agree that his scattered remarks on that issue do not deserve closer attention. The new book by Pieranna Garavaso and Nicla Vassallo (henceforth: G&V) challenges that assumption. According to G&V, Frege did not only devote “much attention to human mental processes” (1); he also thought these processes to be highly relevant to epistemological issues.

The book contains four main chapters, all of which are based on previous work by G&V. Thus, to a large extent, the chapters can be read independently of each other. Chapter 2 discusses the “many faces of Frege’s anti-psychologism” and argues for the surprising claim that Frege, a paradigmatic anti-psychologist, is actually committed to some kind of psychologism. This claim is based on Haack’s distinction between three possible stances that may be held regarding the relation between...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Institut für PhilosophieUniversität Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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