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    This list is heavily slanted in favour of the Frege/Wittgenstein tradition in Analytic Philosophy. I will add more titles if anything else occurs to me.

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    One or two items could have been listed under several headings, but I have avoided doing this for obvious reasons.


    History of Analytic Philosophy

    John Passmore, A Hundred Years of Philosophy (Penguin Books, 1966).

    This is perhaps the best overall history of Analytic Philosophy, even though it ends in the late 1960s. Not too good on Wittgenstein, though.

    John Passmore, Recent Philosophers (Duckworth, 1985).

    This brings the story a little more up-to-date.

    Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein's Place in Twentieth-Century Philosophy (Blackwell, 1996).

    This is perhaps the best overall history from a Wittgensteinian perspective.

    Michael Dummett, The Origins of Analytic Philosophy (Duckworth, 1993).

    This traces the origin of Analytic Philosophy from a Fregean standpoint, albeit from Dummett's perspective.

    J Alberto Coffa, The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

    Gordon Baker, Wittgenstein, Frege and the Vienna Circle (Blackwell, 1988).

    Aloysius Martinich and David Sosa, A Companion to Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 2005).

    The above is comprised of thirty-nine, ten-, or twenty-page articles on all the main figures in Analytic Philosophy since Frege.

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    Michael Beaney (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2013).

    The above book contains an extensive bibliography of the History of Analytic Philosophy.

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    I will add more if any other titles occur to me.


    E. J. Lemmon, Beginning Logic (Chapman Hall, 1987).

    This is the book I had to study, initially. It presents a Natural Deduction approach to logic.

    Benson Mates, Elementary Logic (Oxford University Press, 1972).

    This is much more a standard introduction to logic. The opening sections are very good if you want to learn how to translate English into formal logic.

    Geoffrey Hunter, Metalogic. An Introduction to Metatheory and First Order Logic (University of California Press, 1996).

    This is the book I studied as part of my introduction to postgraduate logic. However, I understood it far better after having completed my mathematics degree.

    David Bostock, Intermediate Logic (Oxford University Press).

    This book will take you well beyond introductory logic.

    Theodore Sider, Logic for Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2010).

    This book, which assumes its readers already have some grasp of logic, goes through the sort of logic you'll need if you want to cope with much of modern Analytic Philosophy.

    Once again, I'll add more titles if any others occur to me.

    History of Logic

    These are in addition to items listed below (for example, articles by Peter Geach):

    William Kneale and Martha Kneale, The Development of Logic (Oxford University Press, 1975).

    A rather dry, but comprehensive, history of this subject.

    Ivor Grattan-Guinness, The Search for Mathematical Roots 1870-1940. Logics, Set Theories and the Foundations of Mathematics From Cantor Through Russell To Gödel (Princeton University Press, 2000).

    The above is perhaps the most comprehensive history of this period in logic and the foundations of mathematics.

    Classics of Analytic Philosophy

    I won't list Wittgenstein's books, since I am sure you already know what they are. [Anyway, they are listed on the web pages to which I have linked below, under the heading "Wittgenstein".]

    Gottlob Frege, The Foundations of Arithmetic, translated by John Austin (Blackwell, 1953).

    This is perhaps the most important book ever written in the Philosophy of Mathematics (and one of the most important in the entire History of Philosophy itself). Overnight it rendered obsolete almost everything that had gone before. Regarded by many (and rightly so) as one of the founding texts of Analytic Philosophy.

    This book has been re-issued in several editions since the above was published -- one of which is a disaster (i.e., the translation published by Dale Jacquette in 2007) -- but despite its many faults, John Austin's translation is still the best. A new translation (by Michael Beaney) of key passages can be found in The Frege Reader, listed below.

    Gottlob Frege, Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege, translated by Peter Geach and Max Black (Blackwell, 1980).

    Contains Frege's most important articles.

    Gottlob Frege, Posthumous Writings, translated by Peter Long and Roger White (Blackwell, 1979).

    Gottlob Frege, Philosophical and Mathematical Correspondence (Blackwell, 1980).

    Frege's most important unpublished work.

    Michael Beaney (ed.), The Frege Reader (Blackwell, 1997).

    Bertrand Russell, The Principles of Mathematics (George Allen & Unwin, 1937)

    Again, one of the founding texts of Analytic Philosophy.

    There are many more books I could include under this heading; I will add more titles if I consider them worth listing.

    Introductions to Philosophy of Logic and Philosophy of Language

    Susan Haack, Philosophy of Logics (Cambridge University Press, 1978).

    Assumes a working knowledge of logic, but this is one of the best introductory texts I have so far seen.

    Leonard Linsky, Names and Descriptions (Chicago University Press, 1977).

    Personally recommended to me by Peter Geach as perhaps the best introduction to this core area of Analytic Philosophy. And it is. Having said that, I have just read through the first few pages of this book for the first time in thirty years, and it is clear that unless you already understand the issues involved, and some modern logic, much of this book will be lost to you. In which case, you'll gain more from this book if you study Haack and Mackenzie's books first.

    I. E. Mackenzie, Introduction to Linguistic Philosophy (Sage Publications, 1997).

    Covers the main areas of the subject.

    Bernard Harrison, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (Macmillan, 1979).

    Easily the best introduction to this subject from a Wittgensteinian perspective.

    Friedrich Waismann, The Principles of Linguistic Philosophy (Macmillan, 1997).

    Co-written with Wittgenstein, this book reflects the early stages of the latter's 'Middle Period', or so some commentators believe. However, Wittgenstein disowned it, and accused Waismann of plagiarism. Despite this, it is an excellent introduction to an early form of 'Linguistic Philosophy'.

    Ian Hacking, Why Does Language Matter to Philosophy? (Cambridge University Press, 1975).

    Despite this book being widely criticised, I still think it an excellent introduction to this aspect of Analytic Philosophy.

    There are now numerous collections of articles on this area of Analytic Philosophy, which will take the reader much further into each subject:

    Ernest LePore and Barry Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language (Oxford University Press, 2008).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    Bob Hale and Crispin Wright (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language (Blackwell, 1999).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    Gillian Russell and Delia Graff Fara (eds.), Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language (Routledge, 2014).

    The contents pages of the above can be viewed here:

    Dale Jacquette (ed.), A Companion to Philosophical Logic (Blackwell, 2006).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    Lou Goble (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic (Blackwell, 2001).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    Stephen Read, Thinking about Logic. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic (Oxford University Press, 1994).

    A much more adventurous book than most introductions are, and one to move onto perhaps after studying Haack (1978), and/or Mackenzie (1997).

    Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Logic

    Martha Gibson, From Naming to Saying. The Unity of the Proposition (Blackwell, 2004).

    This is perhaps one of the key areas where certain strands of Analytic Philosophy differ from much that has gone before (or since) in other traditions in Philosophy (East and West). I have covered some of the background to this topic in Essay Three Part One (mainly because 'dialectical philosophy' makes all the mistakes one finds in Traditional Philosophy in this area) -- from Section Five onwards:

    Kelly Dean Jolley, The Concept 'Horse' Paradox and Wittgensteinian Conceptual Investigations (Ashgate, 2007).

    This might seem to be something of a backwater in Analytic Philosophy, but this topic is key to understanding the difficulties Frege got himself into trying to distinguish 'concepts' from 'objects' (and hence the 'unity of the proposition'), as well as Wittgenstein's attempted solution developed in the Tractatus, and then beyond. Hence, it is central to understanding Wittgenstein.

    Again, I have covered aspects of this topic in Essay Four Part One (in Section Four, but more specifically in End Notes 13 and 14):

    Anthony Palmer, Concept and Object (Routledge, 1988).

    An excellent short book on the 'unity of the proposition', written from an informed Wittgensteinian perspective.

    Donald Davidson, Truth and Predication (MIT Press, 2005).

    An excellent book on this topic (the 'unity of the proposition') by a leading Analytic Philosopher. While I disagree profoundly with Davidson's 'solution', this book is a model of clarity.

    Richard Gaskin, The Unity of the Proposition (Oxford University Press, 2008).

    The most detailed, and difficult, study of this topic so far written. Not for beginners. [I disagree with Gaskin's 'solution', by the way, which seems to me to be far worse than the original 'problem' ever was!]

    Patricia Hanna and Bernard Harrison, Word and World. Practice and the Foundations of Language (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

    Except for its acceptance of the 'causal theory of names', this is an excellent book -- again written from a Wittgensteinian perspective.

    Mark Platts, Ways of Meaning. An Introduction to a Philosophy of Language (MIT Press, 1997).

    An excellent, but far from easy, 'introduction' to Donald Davidson's programme (I have placed it in this section, since, despite its title, it isn't really an introduction):

    Hans-Johann Glock, Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

    The above is an effective reply to Davidson (and Quine), from a Wittgensteinian viewpoint.

    Roger White, The Structure of Metaphor (Blackwell, 1996).

    Path-breaking study of metaphor from a Fregean/Wittgensteinian perspective.

    Philosophy of Mathematics

    These are in addition to the books by Frege and Russell already listed:

    Bertrand Russell, Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (George Allen & Unwin, 1919).

    This was Russell's attempt to make his Philosophy of Mathematics accessible to the general reader.

    David Bostock, Philosophy of Mathematics. An Introduction (Wiley Blackwell, 2009).

    Mark Balaguer, Platonism and Anti-Platonism in Mathematics (Oxford University Press, 1998).

    Dale Jacquette (ed.), Philosophy of Mathematics. An Anthology (Blackwell, 2002).

    Paul Benacerraf and Hilary Putnam (eds.), Philosophy of Mathematics. Selected Readings (Blackwell, 1st ed., 1964).

    Classic modern papers on the Philosophy of Mathematics; the section on Wittgenstein is, however, very poor.

    Paul Benacerraf and Hilary Putnam (eds.), Philosophy of Mathematics. Selected Readings (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 1983).

    The second edition is very different from the first -- for example, the section on Wittgenstein has been replaced by The Philosophy of Set Theory.

    Michael Potter, Reason's Nearest Kin. Philosophies of Arithmetic from Kant to Carnap (Oxford University Press, 2000).

    Imre Lakatos, Proofs and Refutations (Cambridge University Press).

    In my view, this hammered one of the last nails in the coffin lid of Platonism, and it did so, inadvertently, from a Wittgensteinian perspective (although many would take exception to that claim!).

    Stuart Shanker, Wittgenstein and the Turning Point in the Philosophy of Mathematics (SUNY Press, 1998).

    Perhaps the book that almost single-handedly began to change opinion of Wittgenstein's contribution to the Philosophy of Mathematics (from negative to positive -- or at least no longer only negative).

    Stuart Shanker, 'Wittgenstein on the Significance of Gödel's Theorem', in Shanker (1988), pp.155-256.

    Stuart Shanker (ed.), Gödel's Theorem in Focus (Croom Helm, 1988).

    Stewart Shapiro (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic (Oxford University Press, 2005).

    Adrian Moore, The Infinite (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2001).

    Which should be balanced with the following:

    Norman Wildberger, 'Set Theory: Should You Believe?'

    Ivor Grattan-Guinness (ed.), Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences, Volumes One and Two (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).

    In addition to the above, I have listed several more books, articles and links here:

    Philip Kitcher, The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 1984).

    Although I disagree with Kitcher over the nature of mathematical knowledge, the above is an excellent historical study of the development of the calculus.

    Mary Tiles, The Philosophy of Set Theory. An Historical Introduction to Cantor's Paradise (Dover Books, 1989).

    An excellent history of how and where modern mathematics began to go badly wrong.

    Philosophy of Mind

    In addition to Wittgenstein's work:

    Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (Penguin Books, 1990).

    Despite the fact that this book was much maligned by those who despise 'Linguistic Philosophy', it is still a classic of the genre.

    Anthony Kenny, Action, Emotion and Will (Routledge, 1963).

    In my opinion, other than Wittgenstein's work, this is the book on the Philosophy of Mind.

    Anthony Kenny, Anatomy of the Soul. Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Mind (Blackwell, 1973).

    Anthony Kenny, Freedom, Will and Power (Blackwell, 1975).

    Anthony Kenny, The Metaphysics of Mind (Oxford University Press, 1992).

    Max Bennett and Peter Hacker, Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience (Blackwell, 2003).

    Max Bennett and Peter Hacker, History of Cognitive Neuroscience (Blackwell, 2008).

    Peter Hacker, Appearance and Reality. A Philosophical Investigation into Perception and Perceptual Qualities (Blackwell, 1987).

    Peter Hacker, Human Nature: The Categorial Framework (Blackwell, 2007).

    Peter Hacker, The Intellectual Powers: A Study of Human Nature (Blackwell, 2013).

    This isn't really about supposedly fixed 'human nature', so don't let the above titles put you off.



    Hans-Johann Glock, A Wittgenstein Dictionary (Blackwell, 1996).

    An excellent resource.

    Christopher Coope, Peter Geach, Timothy Potts, and Roger White, A Wittgenstein Workbook (Blackwell, 1970).

    This resource is now badly dated, but it is still a highly stimulating little book on Wittgenstein.

    Oskari Kuusela, The Struggle against Dogmatism. Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 2008).

    A highly recommended recent study.

    Oskari Kuusela and Marie McGinn (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein (Oxford University Press, 2011).

    The contents page can be viewed here:

    An excellent collection of articles on every aspect of Wittgenstein's work.

    Anthony Kenny, Wittgenstein (Penguin Books, 2nd Edition, 2006).

    Still the best overall introduction to Wittgenstein.

    Peter Hacker, Insight and illusion. Themes in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein (Thoemmes Press, 2nd ed., 1997).

    Perhaps the second best general book on Wittgenstein.

    Hans Sluga and David Stern (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    The Tractatus

    Roger White, Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Continuum, 2006).

    By far and away the best introduction to this difficult book. Nothing else even gets close.

    Eric Stenius, Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus'. A Critical Exposition of the Main Lines of Thought (Thoemmes Press, 1996).

    This was originally written in 1960, as is now somewhat out-of-date, but it still provides an excellent way into this difficult book. Personally recommended to me by Roger White.

    Alice Crary, and Rupert Read (eds.), The New Wittgenstein (Routledge, 2000).

    A controversial collection of articles presenting a new interpretation of the Tractatus (which, I think, gets more things right than wrong).

    Rupert Read and Matthew Lavery (eds.), Beyond the Tractatus Wars (Routledge, 2011).

    Articles for and against this new interpretation.

    [Incidentally, one of the articles in the above book is by Peter Sullivan, who is one of the best young interpreters of the Tractatus. Anything by him is well worth reading.]

    Roger White, 'Can Whether one Proposition Makes Sense Depend on the Truth of Another?', in Vesey (1974), pp.14-29.

    This is a very important article on the Tractatus, which raises key issues other commentators have largely ignored.

    Godfrey Vesey (ed.), Understanding Wittgenstein (Macmillan, 1974).

    Hidé Ishiguro, 'Use and Reference of Names', in Winch (1969), pp.20-50.

    Peter Winch (ed.), Studies in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein (Routledge, 1969).

    I found Ishiguro's article very helpful when I began studying the Tractatus.

    Anthony Palmer, 'The Complex Problem and the Theory of Symbolism', in Monk and Palmer (1996), pp.155-82.

    Ray Monk and Anthony Palmer (eds.), Bertrand Russell and the Origin of Analytic Philosophy (Thoemmes Press, 1996).

    An important article which, among other things, helped me considerably when it came to writing Essay Twelve Part One.

    Philosophical Investigations

    Gordon Baker and Peter Hacker, An Analytic Commentary on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Volume One Part One (Blackwell, 1983a).

    Gordon Baker and Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein: Meaning and Understanding, Volume One Part Two (Blackwell, 1983b).

    Gordon Baker and Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein. Rules, Grammar and Necessity Volume Two of an Analytic Commentary on The Philosophical Investigations (Blackwell, 2nd ed., 1988. Reprinted with corrections, 1992).

    Gordon Baker and Peter Hacker, (2005a), Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning. Volume One of an Analytic Commentary on The Philosophical Investigations. Part One: Essays (Blackwell, 2005a). This is the second edition of Baker and Hacker (1983b).

    Gordon Baker and Peter Hacker, (2005b), Wittgenstein: Understanding and Meaning. Volume One of an Analytic Commentary on The Philosophical Investigations. Part Two: Exegesis §§1-184 (Blackwell, 2005b). This is the second edition of Baker and Hacker (1983a).

    I have included both editions of the above so that if you encounter them, you'll be aware of the difference between them.

    Baker and Hacker went different ways in the 1980s, so the following works were finished by Hacker on his own:

    Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein. Meaning and Mind, Volume Three Part One (Blackwell, 2nd ed., 1993a).

    Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein. Meaning and Mind, Volume Three Part Two (Blackwell, 2nd ed., 1993b).

    Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein. Mind And Will. Volume Four Part One (Blackwell, 2nd ed., 2000a).

    Peter Hacker, Wittgenstein. Mind and Will. Volume Four Part Two (Blackwell, 2nd ed., 2000b).

    Standard and exhaustive studies of The Investigations.

    Gordon Baker, Wittgenstein's Method. Neglected Aspects (Blackwell, 2004).

    Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Blackwell, 1982).

    Although Kripke's interpretation of Wittgenstein is seriously flawed, it is nonetheless one of the clearest expositions of the core issues involved that I have ever read. A minor modern classic.

    Where Kripke goes wrong:

    Norman Malcolm, 'Following a Rule', in Malcolm (1986), pp.154-81.

    Norman Malcolm, Wittgenstein: Nothing Is Hidden (Blackwell, 1986).

    The above article is available here:

    Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics

    In addition to the books already mentioned:

    Mathieu Marion, Wittgenstein, Finitism, and the Foundations of Mathematics (Oxford University Press, 1998).

    Victor Rodych, 'Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics', Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

    Again, I have listed more books and articles on this topic here:

    Soon to be published:

    Juliet Floyd, Wittgenstein on Gödel and Turing.

    Papers available at Juliet's site (anything by her is excellent):

    Application of Wittgenstein's Method

    Again, in addition to books already listed:

    Hanna Fenichel Pitkin, Wittgenstein and Justice (University of California Press, 1993).

    This book almost single-handedly demolishes the myth that Ordinary Language Philosophy has no relevance to social and political issues, or that it is socially conservative. It also contains an excellent defence of Ordinary Language Philosophy.

    Stanley Cavell, Must we Mean what we Say? (Cambridge University Press, 1976).

    A very sophisticated re-working of Wittgenstein's 'later' period by perhaps the leading American Wittgensteinian -- and, incidentally, along with Burton Dreben, 'god-father' of 'The New Wittgensteinians'.

    Philosophy of Science

    Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (UCP, 3rd ed., 1996).

    Thomas Kuhn, The Essential Tension (University of Chicago Press, 1977).

    Thomas Kuhn, The Road since Structure (University of Chicago Press, 2000).

    Kuhn's work is essential reading for any Marxist interested in the History and Philosophy of Science.

    Richard Miller, Fact and Method (Princeton University Press, 1987).

    An excellent book written from a Marxist and Wittgensteinian perspective, which, despite the fact that it attempts to defend some aspects of scientific realism, is, in my view, easily the best book on the Philosophy of Science written by a Marxist.

    The best book on Kuhn is the following:

    Wes Sharrock and Rupert Read, Kuhn. Philosopher of Scientific Revolution (Polity Press, 2002).

    The following author's work has been massively influential on my own thinking in this area:

    Norwood Russell Hanson, Patterns of Discovery (Cambridge University Press, 1965).

    Norwood Russell Hanson, Observation and Explanation. A Guide to the Philosophy of Science (George Allen & Unwin, 1972).

    Norwood Russell Hanson, Perception and Discovery. An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry (Freeman Cooper & Company, 1969).

    Norwood Russell Hanson, What I do not Believe and other Essays (Reidel Publishing Company, 1971).

    Norwood Russell Hanson, Constellations and Conjectures, edited by Willard C Humphreys (Reidel Publishing Company, 1973).

    Hanson would have enjoyed much greater influence on the development of the History and Philosophy of Science had he not died in an aeroplane crash in 1967 at the age of 43.

    Other books and articles (mostly on the Philosophy of Science):

    Guy Robinson, Philosophy and Mystification (Fordham University Press, 2003).

    An excellent book written from a Marxist and Wittgensteinian perspective. In my view, this is the way Marxist Philosophy should be done.

    With the agreement of his son, I have posted several of Guy's unpublished papers at my site:

    Barry Stroud, The Quest for Reality. Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour (Oxford University Press, 2000).

    An excellent book, which I cannot praise too highly. Another minor modern classic.

    John Dupré, The Disorder of Things. Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science (Harvard University Press, 1993).

    Despite its title, this is an excellent Wittgensteinian answer to modern-day 'essentialism' in the Philosophy of Science (which has largely been based on Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam's work). It is also obvious from his writings that John Dupré has been heavily influenced by Marx.

    John Dupré, Processes of Life. Essays in the Philosophy of Biology (Oxford University Press, 2012).

    John Dupré, Human Nature and the Limits of Science (Oxford University Press, 2001).

    John Dupré, Humans and Other Animals (Oxford University Press, 2002).

    John Dupré, Darwin's Legacy. What Evolution Means Today (Oxford University Press, 2003).

    The above contain excellent, effective, and quasi-Marxist responses to several right-wing theories (e.g., Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology) that currently dominate the life sciences.

    History of Philosophy

    Anthony Kenny, Descartes. A Study of his Philosophy (Thoemmes Press, 1993).

    An excellent Wittgensteinian study of Descartes.

    Elizabeth Anscombe and Peter Geach, Three Philosophers: Aristotle, Aquinas, Frege (Blackwell, 1967).

    The first two essays in this book are exceptionally difficult, and I'd not recommend them to anyone other than advanced students. However, the third essay, on Frege, is a genuine masterpiece, and was the first thing I studied on Frege. Even today, almost fifty years later, it hasn't been bettered.


    Tom Ricketts and Michael Potter (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Frege (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

    The contents pages can be viewed here:

    In addition to the items already listed:

    Harold Noonan, Frege. A Critical Introduction (Polity Press, 2001).

    An excellent introduction.

    Joan Weiner, Frege Explained. From Arithmetic to Analytic Philosophy (Open Court, 2004).

    Another excellent introduction, but from a different angle.

    Michal Beaney, Frege. Making Sense (Duckworth, 1996).

    A much more substantial introduction.

    Hans Sluga, Frege (Routledge, 1980).

    The above book set the cat among the Fregean pigeons a generation or so ago (since it tried to interpret Frege historically). It has since been re-issued in a second edition, which I haven't yet read.

    Michael Dummett, Frege. Philosophy of Language (Duckworth, 2nd ed., 1981).

    The above is one of the most important books on Analytic Philosophy published since WW2. For advanced students only.

    Michael Dummett, The Interpretation of Frege's Philosophy (Duckworth, 1981).

    Michael Dummett, Frege. Philosophy of Mathematics (Duckworth, 1991)

    Again, the above two are also only for advanced students.

    Michael Dummett, Frege and other Philosophers (Oxford University Press, 1991).

    Michael Dummett, The Seas of Language (Oxford University Press, 1993).

    Michael Dummett, Truth and other Enigmas (Duckworth, 1978).

    The above three books aren't just about Frege. However, anyone not reasonably conversant with Analytic Philosophy might find them rather challenging.

    Michael Dummett, The Logical Basis of Metaphysics (Duckworth, 1996).

    A very difficult book. While I disagree with its main aim (the title should suggest why!), it represents 'state-of-the-art' Analytic Philosophy as it was fifteen or so years ago.

    Edward Klemke (ed.), Essays on Frege (University of Illinois Press, 1968).

    The above contains several important 'early' essays on Frege, in particular the following:

    Michael Dummett, 'Frege on Functions - A Reply', pp.269-83.

    Michael Dummett, 'Nominalism', pp.321-36.

    Peter Geach, 'Frege's Grundlagen', pp.467-78.

    Peter Geach, 'Class and Concept', pp.284-94.

    The above two articles have been reprinted in:

    Peter Geach, Logic Matters (Blackwell, 1972).

    Geach's book also contains important articles on both Logic and Frege, particularly the following:

    Peter Geach, 'History of the Corruptions of Logic', pp.44-61.

    This article can be downloaded as a PDF from here:

    In addition, Klemke's book has also reprinted three articles by Frege himself:

    'The Thought: A Logical Enquiry', 'Compound Thoughts', and 'On the Foundations of Geometry'.

    Another very important article, which also influenced my thinking, is the following:

    Peter Geach, 'Saying and Showing in Frege and Wittgenstein', Acta Filosophica Fennica 28, 1976, pp.54-70.

    Meridian has just informed me of the following link for the above article:

    It is worth adding that few of the above are aimed at beginners!
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    You might digress but Wittgenstein's biography...Duty of a Genius isn't a bad way to get into Wittgenstein as well. Definitely not academic and more casual but I don't find it horrible at all.

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    Rosa has expressed her admiration of that work (which is indeed quite wonderful, on par with Deutscher's biography of Trotsky in terms of excellence) elsewhere so I don't think she'd object to including that in the list.
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    That's a great book. I recommend it to anyone curious about analytic philosophy or Wittgenstein.

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    Why does everyone have such a hard-on for Wittgenstein on here?
    I've never read any of his stuff.
    I suppose I should start with said book..
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    Monk's book is very good, but he gets the Tractatus completely wrong.


    Why does everyone have such a hard-on for Wittgenstein on here?
    I've never read any of his stuff.
    I suppose I should start with said book..
    Whatever you do, don't start by trying to read the Tractatus -- one of the most opaque books ever written.

    Begin with Kenny's book on Wittgenstein, and the Roger White's book on the Tractatus.

    But, you are not going to find Wittgenstein at all easy, and you will soon be wondering what the hell he is banging on about.
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