Cartesian Logic: An Essay on Descartess Conception of Inference

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byStephen Gaukroger

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This book deals with a neglected episode in the history of logic and theories of cognition: the way in which conceptions of inference changed during the seventeenth century. The author focuses on the work of Descartes, contrasting his construal of inference as an instantaneous grasp inaccord with the natural light of reason, with the Aristotelian view of inference as a discursive process. Gaukroger offers a new interpretation of Descartes`s contribution to the question, revealing it to be a significant advance over humanist and late Scholastic conceptions. He argues thatDescartes's account played a pivotal role in the development of our understanding of the nature of inference.

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This book deals with a neglected episode in the history of logic and theories of cognition: the way in which conceptions of inference changed during the seventeenth century. The author focuses on the work of Descartes, contrasting his construal of inference as an instantaneous grasp inaccord with the natural light of reason, with th...

Stephen Gaukroger is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Sydney.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:156 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198248253

ISBN - 13:9780198248255

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'Gaukroger assists his readers with transparent prose and gentle transitions ... a work of quality'Struan Jacobs, Deakin University Vol. 71, No. 3; September 1993