Tarski and Philosophy

Hardcover | September 18, 2008

EditorDouglas Patterson

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Tarski and Philosophy aims to show the way to a proper understanding of the philosophical legacy of the great logician, mathematician, and philosopher Alfred Tarski (1902-1983). The contributors are an international group of scholars, some expert in the historical background and context ofTarski's work, others specializing in aspects of his philosophical development, others more interested in understanding Tarski in the light of contemporary thought. The essays can be seen as addressing Tarski's seminal treatment of four basic questions about logical consequence. (1) How are we to understand truth, one of the notions in terms of which logical consequence is explained? What is it that is preserved in valid inference, or that such inferenceallows us to discover new claims to have on the basis of old? (2) Among what kinds of things does the relation of logical consequence hold? (3) Given answers to the first two questions, what is involved in the consequence relationship itself? What is the preservation at work in 'truthpreservation'? (4) Finally, what do truth and consequence so construed have to do with meaning?

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Tarski and Philosophy aims to show the way to a proper understanding of the philosophical legacy of the great logician, mathematician, and philosopher Alfred Tarski (1902-1983). The contributors are an international group of scholars, some expert in the historical background and context ofTarski's work, others specializing in aspects...

Douglas Patterson was born in Utah and grew up near Minneapolis, MN. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Reed College in Portland, OR, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently teaches at Kansas State University where he is an associate professor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.11 inPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296308

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1. Douglas Patterson: Introduction2. Roman Murawski and Jan Wolenski: Tarski and His Polish Predecessors on Truth3. Arianna Betti: Polish Axiomatics and its Truth: On Tarski's Lesniewskian Background and the Ajdukiewicz Connection4. Solomon Feferman: Tarski's Conceptual Analysis of Semantical Notions5. Wilfrid Hodges: Tarski's Theory of Definition6. Marian David: Tarski's Convention T and the Concept of Truth7. Douglas Patterson: Tarski's Conception of Meaning8. Paolo Mancosu: Tarski, Neurath and Kokoszynska on the Semantic Conception of Truth9. Greg Frost-Arnold: Tarski's Nominalism10. Panu Raatikainen: Truth, Meaning, and Translation11. John Etchemendy: Reflections on Consequence12. Gila Sher: Tarski's Thesis13. Mario Gomez-Torrente: Are There Model-Theoretic Logical Truths That Are Not Logically True?14. Peter Simons: Truth on a Tight Budget: Tarski and Nominalism15. Jody Azzouni: Alternative Logics and the Role of Truth in the Interpretation of LanguagesIndex