Frege is the greatest philosopher/logician since Leibniz. This book is a masterpiece that presents some of his most important works such as on Concept and Object, Sense and Meaning, etc. Only wish there was a kindle version.
Published in 1997 by Blackwell and edited by Michael Beaney `The Frege Reader' is a compilation of important aspects of Frege's corpus; articles, book exerts and correspondence. The editor is himself an accomplished philosopher with several publications on the origins of analytic philosophy and the work of Frege.
While the text has much strength, some features of the book that I particularly appreciated were:
* It is a handy compilation of Frege's most important works including `Thought', `Function' and `Concept and `On Sinn and Bedeutung'. While these writings have been previously published it is nice to have them under one cover. Potential purchasers are advised to refer to the table of contents prior to purchase (available on-line). * The detailed introduction (45 pages) is excellent. Beaney is an outstanding guide - a knowledgeable and gifted communicator. In addition to situating Frege's work in its historic context the introduction also addresses some of the more interesting and contentious aspects of his work. The discussion of the various translations of `bedeutung' was especially well done. * Helpful appendices explaining Frege's logical notation and providing recommendations for further reading
Overall this is the best one volume collection of Frege writings that I have encountered. It is likely to be on interest to readers of Frege and students of analytic philosophy.