Three Term Logic: Beyond the Limits of True and False

Three Term Logic: Beyond the Limits of True and False

by Richard A. Burbank


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Three Term Logic: Beyond the Limits of True and False by Richard A. Burbank

Mainstream logic is based on assumptions of determination. Truth-values of well-formed logical sentences are determinately true or false - two values that constitute a jointly exhaustive and mutually exclusive pair. However, everyday experiences often result in conclusive statements which are neither true nor false. This book presents an alternative to the two-value thinking that dominates logic today. Starting from indefinite reference, a logic system is developed that explicitly accommodates our experience where meaningful assertions need not be either true or false. The cost of a new approach is increased complexity. To navigate through the complexity, this new logic system carefully steers through quantifiers, negations, and disjunctions often left ambiguous in traditional systems. Having a useful alternative to two term thinking, even at the expense of added complexity, is important for serious inquiries that fail to yield adequate conclusions with a traditional approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419674679
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 09/18/2007
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Burbank holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute, an M.S. and a PhD (also in M.E.) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. At UMass he continued as a post-doctoral, inter-departmental Research Associate until he joined the R&D staff of E.I. DuPont.

His DuPont career included advancing management positions in research, engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, finance, and strategic planning at several U.S. locations. His strategic planning involved complex negotiations with a number of large, international corporations. While developing management and international negotiation skills he took special interest in the design and resourcing of group meetings, including teaching team diversity and creating systematics-based meeting designs.

More recently he has been a Business Director with a focus on sales and marketing in Asia-Pacific. He lived in Tokyo for over 5 years and became President of a Japanese company during that period.

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