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

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

by Clark Glymour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262571196

ISBN-13: 9780262571197

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: MIT Press


"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

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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
Thinking Things Through provides a broad, historical, and rigorous introduction to the logical tradition in philosophy and to its contemporary significance. The book centers 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 at solutions from ancient Greece to the present.

A Bradford Book


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262571197
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IThe Idea of Proof
Ch. 1Proofs3
Ch. 2Aristotle's Theory of Demonstration and Proof35
Ch. 3Ideas, Combinations, and the Mathematics of Thought65
Ch. 4The Laws of Thought95
Ch. 5Frege's New Logical World115
Ch. 6Modern Logic141
Pt. IIExperience, Knowledge, and Belief
Ch. 7Skepticism167
Ch. 8Bayesian Solutions191
Ch. 9Kantian Solutions221
Ch. 10Knowledge and Reliability249
Pt. IIIMinds
Ch. 11Mind and Meaning275
Ch. 12The Computable301
Ch. 13The Computational Concept of Mind339
Pt. IVConclusion
Ch. 14The Enterprise of Philosophy369
Notes373
Index377

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