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Richard G Heck
Professor of Philosophy
216 Corliss Brackett
Office Hours: On leave Fall 2014

Richard Heck received his PhD from MIT in 1991. He then taught at Harvard for 14 years, coming to Brown in 2005. Heck is probably best-known for his work on historical, conceptual, and technical problems emerging from the philosophy of Gottlob Frege, especially Frege's philosophy of arithmetic. He has also worked extensively on the philosophy of language and logic, however, and he has been working more and more on philosophy of mind. In the last few years, though, he has returned to Frege, having developed an interest in the question how Frege's characteristic mature doctrines emerge.

Heck's first book, Frege's Theorem, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2011. His second book, Reading Frege's Grundgesetze, a study of Parts I and II of Frege's little-known magnum opus, appeared in November 2012.

Heck is Associate Editor for Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Language at Thought and is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophia Mathematica, the Journal of Philosophical Logic, and the Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy. He is also a panelist at Ask Philosophers.