Selected Logic Papers, Enlarged Edition (Enlarged) / Edition 1

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Overview


For more than two generations, W. V. Quine has contributed fundamentally to the substance, the pedagogy, and the philosophy of mathematical logic. Selected Logic Papers, long out of print and now reissued with eight additional essays, includes much of the author's important work on mathematical logic and the philosophy of mathematics from the past sixty years.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
[Quine] is at once the most elegant expounder of systematic logic in the older, pre-Gödelian style of Frege and Russell, the most distinguished American recruit to logical empiricism, probably the contemporary American philosopher most admired in the profession, and an original philosophical thinker of the first rank...This is an amazing feat of condensation with something solid to say in its brief scope about every major topic of interest in modern formal logic.
Partisan Review
What [Quine] is expert in is, of course, logic...What [this book offers] is a view of the expert at work. Selected Logic Papers shows him actually doing logic...Logic is not a guide to life, but then Quine has never maintained that it was. It is a powerful adjunct to empirical inquiry, whose proper use requires prior discipline; its virtue lies in the fact that if we supply it with truth, it will never yield falsehood. Few have shown the manner of its use with more authority.
George Boolos
This book is of continuing, not just historical interest. Quine is the greatest American philosopher of the twentieth century. His work in logic is inseparable from his work in other parts of philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674798373
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

W. V. Quine was Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. He wrote twenty-one books, thirteen of them published by Harvard University Press.
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Table of Contents

I Whitehead and the Rise of Modern Logic (1941) 3
II Logic, Symbolic (1954) 37
III A Method of Generating Part of Arithmetic Without Use of Intuitive Logic (1934) 52
IV Definition of Substitution (1936) 61
V Concatenation as a Basis for Arithmetic (1946) 70
VI Set-theoretic Foundations for Logic (1936) 83
VII Logic Based on Inclusion and Abstraction (1937) 100
VIII On Ordered Pairs and Relations (1945-46) 110
IX On [omega]-Inconsistency and a So-called Axiom of Infinity (1952) 114
X Element and Number (1941) 121
XI On an Application of Tarski's Theory of Truth (1952) 141
XII On Frege's Way Out (1954) 146
XIII Completeness of the Propositional Calculus (1937) 159
XIV On Cores and Prime Implicants of Truth Functions (1958) 164
XV Two Theorems about Truth Functions (1951) 172
XVI On Boolean Functions (1949) 176
XVII On the Logic of Quantification (1945) 181
XVIII A Proof Procedure for Quantification Theory (1954) 196
XIX Interpretations of Sets of Conditions (1953) 205
XX Church's Theorem on the Decision Problem (1954) 212
XXI Quantification and the Empty Domain (1953) 220
XXII Reduction to a Dyadic Predicate (1953) 224
XXIII Variables Explained Away (1960) 227
XXIV Truth, Paradox, and Godel's Theorem (1992) 236
XXV Immanence and Validity (1991) 242
XXVI MacHale on Boole (1985) 251
XXVII Pierce's Logic (1989) 258
XXVIII Peano as Logician (1982) 266
XXIX Free Logic, Description, and Virtual Classes (1994) 278
XXX The Inception of "New Foundations" (1987) 286
XXXI Pythagorean Triples and Fermat's Last Theorem (1992) 290
References 293
Index 301
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