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On the Philosophy of Logic / Edition 1

On the Philosophy of Logic / Edition 1

by Jennifer Fisher
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ISBN-13: 9780495008880
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/06/2007
Series: Wadsworth Philosophical Topics Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

An Assistant Professor at University of North Florida, Dr. Fisher's specialties include epistemology, philosophy of logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and pragmatism.

Table of Contents

LOGIC. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS LOGIC? 1. FORMAL LOGIC--AN INTRODUCTION. I--Reasoning, Inference, Arguments, and Logic. II--A Little History: Aristotelian Logic. III--Modern Logic: Frege's Insight. 2. AN OVERVIEW OF CLASSICAL LOGIC. I--Truth Tables. II--Rules of Inference and Valid and Invalid Argument. Forms. INTERLUDE. 3. WHAT IS TRUTH? I--The Problem with Truth. II--Three Theories of Truth. A. Correspondence Theories. B. Coherence Theories. C. Deflationary Theories. III--Truth and Logic. PHILOSOPHY OF LOGIC. 4. THREE DISTINCTIONS. I--Syntax and Semantics. II--Form and Content. III--Logical Consequence and Logical Truth. 5. QUANTIFIERS AND IDENTITY. I--Quantifiers, Vacuous Names, and the Problem of Non-Being. II--Identity and Definite Descriptions. 6. MODAL LOGIC. I--Necessity and Possibility. II--Other Modalities. III--Possible Worlds. IV--But is it Logic? 7. BIVALENCE. I--Fatalism and Future Contingents. II--Vagueness. 8. THE CONDITIONAL. I--The Problematic Material Conditional. II--Conditional Logics and Possible Worlds. III--Relevance Logic. IV--Relevance Logics and the Failure of Disjunctive Syllogism. 9. TWO LOGICAL TRUTHS. I--Intuitionism, Realism, and the Law of the Excluded Middle. II--Paraconsistent Logics, Dialetheism, and the Principle of Non-Contradiction. III--How True Are logical Truths? 10. QUANTUM LOGIC. I--Physics and Quantum Mechanics. II--Quantum Logic. III--Problems with Quantum Logic. INTERLUDE 11. WHICH LOGIC IS RIGHT? I--Not Tonk. II--Making Sense of the Title Question of this Chapter. SOME TRADITIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS RAISED BY LOGIC. 12. THE METAPHYSICS OF LOGIC. I--Making Sense of Logical Facts. A. Psychologism. B. Conventionalism. C. Rationalism. II--Giving Up Trying to Make Sense of Logical Facts. 13. THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF LOGIC. I--A Traditional Distinction. II--Justifying Logic. III--Revising Logic. IV--A More Positive Note. 14. RATIONALITY AND LOGIC. I--The Wason Selection Task (Again). II--The Irrelevance of Logic. III--Beyond Logic. IV--Why Bother? FURTHER READINGS. GLOSSARY.

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On the Philosophy of Logic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FLANY More than 1 year ago
This book provides a general introduction for anyone interested in the philosophical foundations of logic. It gets the reader involved in issues of the way logic has developed and evolved into different interpretations of the basic ideas of thinking itself. Whether there are ethical norms of logical thought based on psychological fondations or whether or not logic is logical. It all seems quite dense and convoluted, but a careful and thorough reading will leave the reader interested in the philosophy and nature of logic quite satisfied.