Thinking about Logic: Classic Essays

Thinking about Logic: Classic Essays

by Steven M. Cahn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813344697

ISBN-13: 9780813344690

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Westview Press

Thinking about Logic is an accessible and thought-provoking collection of classic articles in the philosophy of logic. An ideal companion to any formal logic course or textbook, this volume illuminates how logic relates to perennial philosophical issues about knowledge, meaning, rationality, and reality. The editors have selected each essay for its brevity, clarity

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Thinking about Logic is an accessible and thought-provoking collection of classic articles in the philosophy of logic. An ideal companion to any formal logic course or textbook, this volume illuminates how logic relates to perennial philosophical issues about knowledge, meaning, rationality, and reality. The editors have selected each essay for its brevity, clarity, and impact, and they have included insightful introductions and discussion questions. The puzzles raised will help readers acquire a more thorough understanding of fundamental logical concepts and a firmer command of the connections between logic and other areas of philosophical study: epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and metaphysics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344690
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,129,528
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

I Logic and Knowledge

1 What the Tortoise Said to Achilles Lewis Carroll 3

2 What Achilles Said to the Tortoise W. J. Rees 9

3 What Achilles Should Have Said to the Tortoise J. F. Thomson 19

Questions 35

II Logic and Definition

4 The Runabout Inference-Ticket A. N. Prior 39

5 Roundabout the Runabout Inference-Ticket J. T. Stevenson 43

6 Tonk, Plonk and Plink Nuel D. Belnap 51

Questions 59

III Logic and Inference

7 A Counterexample to Modus Ponens Vann McGee 63

8 Not a Counterexample to Modus Ponens E. J. Lowe 79

9 Assumptions and the Supposed Counterexamples to Modus Ponens D. E. Over 85

Questions 93

IV Logic and Freedom

10 'It Was to Be' Gilbert Ryle 97

11 Fatalism Richard Taylor 123

12 Time, Truth, and Ability Richard Taylor Steven M. Cahn 137

Questions 145

V Logic and Reality

13 The Justification of Deduction Susan Haack 149

14 The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals Nelson Goodman 163

15 On What There Is Willard V. Quine 189

Questions 211

About the Contributors 213

Source Credits 215

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