Thinking Things Through: An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements / Edition 1

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Overview

Thinking Things Through provides a broad, historical, and rigorous introduction to the logical tradition in philosophy and to its contemporary significance. The presentation is centered around three of the most fruitful issues in Western thought: What are proofs, and why do they provide knowledge? How can experience be used to gain knowledge or to alter beliefs in a rational way? What is the nature of mind and of mental events and mental states? In a clear and lively style, Glymour describes these key philosophical problems and traces attempts to solve them,from ancient Greece to the present.Thinking Things Through reveals the philosophical sources of modern work in logic, the theory of computation, Bayesian statistics, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence, and it connects these subjects with contemporary problems in epistemology and metaphysics. The text is full of examples and problems, and an instructor's manual is available.Clark Glymour is Alumni Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University and AdjunctProfessor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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"I have never encountered an introductory text like this one. As far as textbooks go,it is unique. It attempts to present a side of philosophy that has been hidden from the view of all but its practitioners.... Glymour's book should make a good many people proud to be philosophers in the twentieth century." Douglas Stalker, University of Delaware

I have never encountered an introductory text like this one. As far as textbooks go,it is distinctive. It attempts to present a side of philosophy that has been hidden from the view of all but its practitioners. Real philosophy can be formal and rigorous in the very same ways in which mathematics and physical science are formal and rigorous. Glymour's book should make a good many people proud to be philosophers in the twentieth century." Douglas Stalker ,Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delaware

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262571197
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Sales rank: 1,377,731
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clark Glymour is Senior Research Scientist at IHMC and Alumni University Professor ofPhilosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Idea of Proof
Ch. 1 Proofs 3
Ch. 2 Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration and Proof 35
Ch. 3 Ideas, Combinations, and the Mathematics of Thought 65
Ch. 4 The Laws of Thought 95
Ch. 5 Frege's New Logical World 115
Ch. 6 Modern Logic 141
Pt. II Experience, Knowledge, and Belief
Ch. 7 Skepticism 167
Ch. 8 Bayesian Solutions 191
Ch. 9 Kantian Solutions 221
Ch. 10 Knowledge and Reliability 249
Pt. III Minds
Ch. 11 Mind and Meaning 275
Ch. 12 The Computable 301
Ch. 13 The Computational Concept of Mind 339
Pt. IV Conclusion
Ch. 14 The Enterprise of Philosophy 369
Notes 373
Index 377
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