Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic

Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic

by E. J. Lowe


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Forms of Thought: A Study in Philosophical Logic by E. J. Lowe

Forms of thought are involved whenever we name, describe, or identify things, and whenever we distinguish between what is, might be, or must be the case. It appears to be a distinctive feature of human thought that we can have modal thoughts, about what might be possible or necessary, and conditional thoughts, about what would or might be the case if something else were the case. Even the simplest thoughts are structured like sentences, containing referential and predicative elements, and studying these structures is the main task of philosophical logic. This clear and accessible book investigates the forms of thought, drawing out and focusing on the central logical notions of reference, predication, identity, modality and conditionality. It will be useful to students and other interested readers in epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of mind and language, and philosophical logic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107540439
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/09/2015
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 1,012,327
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

E. J. Lowe is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. His publications include Subjects of Experience (Cambridge, 1996), The Possibility of Metaphysics (1998), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge, 2000), The Four-Category Ontology (2006), Personal Agency (2008) and More Kinds of Being (2009). He is a General Editor of the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Reference and Predication: 2. Individuation, reference, and sortal terms; 3. Dispositional versus occurrent predication; 4. Predication and categories; Part II. Identity: 5. What is a criterion of identity?; 6. Identity conditions and their grounds; Part III. Modality: 7. Identity, vagueness, and modality; 8. Necessity, essence, and possible worlds; Part IV. Conditionality: 9. The truth about counterfactuals; 10. Conditionals and conditional probability; Bibliography; Index.

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