Thinking About Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic / Edition 1

Thinking About Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic / Edition 1

by Stephen Read
     
 

ISBN-10: 019289238X

ISBN-13: 9780192892386

Pub. Date: 03/23/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In this book, Stephen Read sets out to rescue logic from its undeserved reputation as an inflexible, dogmatic discipline by demonstrating that its technicalities and processes are founded on assumptions which are themselves amenable to philosophical investigation. He examines the fundamental principles of consequence, logical truth and correct inference within the

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In this book, Stephen Read sets out to rescue logic from its undeserved reputation as an inflexible, dogmatic discipline by demonstrating that its technicalities and processes are founded on assumptions which are themselves amenable to philosophical investigation. He examines the fundamental principles of consequence, logical truth and correct inference within the context of logic, and shows that the principles by which we delineate consequences are themselves not guaranteed free from error. Central to the notion of truth is the beguiling issue of paradox. Its philosophical value, Read shows, lies in exposing the invalid assumption on which the paradox is built. Thinking About Logic also discusses logical puzzles which introduce questions relating to language, the world, and their relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192892386
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/23/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
958,663
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Truth, Pure and Simple: Language and the World5
2The Power of Logic: Logical Consequence35
3To Think But of an If: Theories of Conditionals64
4The Incredulous Stare: Possible Worlds96
5Plato's Beard: On What There Is and What There Isn't121
6Well, I'll be Hanged! The Semantic Paradoxes148
7Bald Men Forever: The Sorites Paradox173
8Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Constructivist challenge203
Select Bibliography241
Glossary248
Index253

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