Thinking About Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic

Paperback | February 1, 1995

byStephen Read

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Logic deals with the inevitable - those consequences which follow inescapably from a given set of premisses. This fact has caused it to be seen as different from other more self-questioning branches of philosophy. In this book, Stephen Read sets out to rescue logic from its undeservedreputation as an inflexible, dogmatic discipline by demonstrating that its technicalities and processes are founded on assumptions which are themselves amenable to philosophical investigation. He examines the fundamental principles of consequence, logical truth and correct inference within the context of logic, and shows that the principles by which we delineate consequences are themselves not guaranteed free from error. Central to the notion of truth is the beguiling issue of paradox.Its philosophical value, Read shows, lies in exposing the invalid assumption on which the paradox is built. Thinking About Logic also discusses logical puzzles which introduce questions relating to language, the world, and their relationship. While formal logic often employs its own esoteric language, the achievement of this book is to focus on those issues which raise exciting philosophical questions, and to make them intelligible to readers with no previous knowledge of logic.

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Logic deals with the inevitable - those consequences which follow inescapably from a given set of premisses. This fact has caused it to be seen as different from other more self-questioning branches of philosophy. In this book, Stephen Read sets out to rescue logic from its undeservedreputation as an inflexible, dogmatic discipline by...

Stephen Read is Head, School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019289238X

ISBN - 13:9780192892386

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Table of Contents

1. Truth, Pure and Simple: Language and the WorldThe Correspondence Theory of TruthReductionismTheories of TruthMinimalist Theories of TruthSummary and Guide to Further Reading2. The Power of Logic: Logical ConsequenceThe Classical ConceptionCompactnessMatter and FormRelevanceSummary and Guide to Further Reading3. To Think But of an If: Theories of ConditionalsThe Conversationalist DefenceConditional ProbabilityThe Similarity AccountSummary and Guide to Further Reading4. The Incredulous Stare: Possible WordsModal PlatonismActualismThe Necessary and the A PrioriSummary and Guide to Further Reading5. Plato's Beard: On What There Is and What There Isn'tDescriptionsFree LogicSupervaluationsSummary and Guide to Further Reading6. Well, I'll be Hanged! The Semantic ParadoxesThe Truth HierarchyTrue ContradictionsSemantic ClosureSummary and Guide to Further Reading7. Bald Men Forever: The Sorites ParadoxVaguenessAnalysis of the SoritesFuzzy LogicToleranceSummary and Guide to Further Reading8. Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Constructivist ChallengeThe InfiniteIntuitionismThe Logical ArgumentThe Linguistic ArgumentSummary and Guide to Further Reading