Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth

Paperback | April 28, 2004

byColin Mcginn

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The concepts of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth are at the centre of philosophy and have rightly received sustained attention. Yet Colin McGinn believes that orthodox views of these topics are misguided in important ways. Philosophers and logicians have often distortedthe nature of these concepts in an attempt to define them according to preconceived ideas. Logical Properties aims to respect the ordinary ways we talk and think when we employ these concepts, while at the same time showing that they are far more interesting and peculiar than some have supposed.There are real properties corresponding to these concepts - logical properties - that challenge naturalistic metaphysical views. These are not pseudo-properties or mere pieces of syntax. Logical Properties is written with the minimum of formal apparatus and deals with logico-linguistic issues aswell as ontological ones. The focus is on trying to get to the essence of what the concept concerned stands for, and not merely finding some established notation for providing formal paraphrases.

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The concepts of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth are at the centre of philosophy and have rightly received sustained attention. Yet Colin McGinn believes that orthodox views of these topics are misguided in important ways. Philosophers and logicians have often distortedthe nature of these concepts in an attempt to...

Colin McGinn is at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.36 inPublished:April 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199262632

ISBN - 13:9780199262632

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1. Identity2. Existence3. Predication4. Necessity5. TruthBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition Clear, direct and well argued .... this lucid and provocative little book.'Times Higher Education Supplement