Logic and Reality: Essays on the Legacy of Arthur Prior

Hardcover | February 1, 1997

EditorB. J. Copeland

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A N Prior has a special place in the history of postwar philosophy for his highly original work at the intersection of logic and metaphysics. His logical innovations have found many applications in the areas of philosophical logic, mathematics, linguistics, and, increasingly, computerscience. In addition, he made seminal contributions to debates in metaphysics, particularly on modality and the nature of time. This volume presents a selection of current research in the areas that were of most interest to Prior: temporal and tense logic, modal logic, proof theory, quantificationand individuation, and the logic of agency. Both title and contents reflect Prior's view that logic is 'about the real world', and the orientation of the volume is towards the application of logic, in philosophy, computer science, and elsewhere. Following Prior, modal syntax is now widely applied to the formalization of a variety of subjectmatters, and tense logic has found numerous applications in computing, for example in natural language processing, logical deduction involving time-dependent data, program-verification, and VLSI. A special feature of the volume is the inclusion of three hitherto unpublished pieces by Prior on modal logic and the philosophy of time, along with a complete bibliography of Prior's published philosophical writings.

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A N Prior has a special place in the history of postwar philosophy for his highly original work at the intersection of logic and metaphysics. His logical innovations have found many applications in the areas of philosophical logic, mathematics, linguistics, and, increasingly, computerscience. In addition, he made seminal contribution...

B. J. Copeland is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at University of Canterbury.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:556 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`The sheer breadth and depth of the volume is a fitting testament to the breadth and depth of Prior's own work up until his death in 1969 ... other papers in this volume ... deserve reading and reflection. None is a waste of space in the volume, and all go a long way to underline Prior's ownapproach to logic and philosophy. This volume is a fitting tribute to Prior, and a significant reminder of his enduring impact on the field.'Studia Logica