Truth, etc.: Six Lectures on Ancient Logic

Hardcover | February 25, 2007

byJonathan Barnes

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Truth, etc. is a wide-ranging study of ancient logic based upon the John Locke lectures given by the eminent philosopher Jonathan Barnes in Oxford. Its six chapters discuss, first, certain ancient ideas about truth; secondly, the Aristotelian conception of predication; thirdly, various ideasabout connectors which were developed by the ancient logicians and grammarians; fourthly, the notion of logical form, insofar as it may be discovered in the ancient texts; fifthly, the question of the 'justification of deduction'; and sixthly, the attitude which has been called logicalutilitarianism and which restricts the scope of logic to those forms of inference which are or might be useful for scientific proofs. In principle, the book presupposes no knowledge of logic and no skill in ancient languages: all ancient texts are cited in English translation; and logical symbolsand logical jargon are avoided so far as possible. There is no scholarly apparatus of footnotes, and no bibliography. It can be read in an armchair. Anyone interested in ancient philosophy, or in logic and its history, will find it interesting.

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Truth, etc. is a wide-ranging study of ancient logic based upon the John Locke lectures given by the eminent philosopher Jonathan Barnes in Oxford. Its six chapters discuss, first, certain ancient ideas about truth; secondly, the Aristotelian conception of predication; thirdly, various ideasabout connectors which were developed by the ...

Jonathan Barnes was educated at the City of London School and at Balliol College. For 25 years he taught at Oxford, being a Fellow first of Oriel and then of Balliol. He then spent eight years at the University of Geneva. He is now professor of ancient philosophy at the Sorbonne. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Ameri...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:568 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:February 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Truth2. Predicates and Subjects3. What is a Connector?4. Forms of Argument5. The Science of Logic6. When is a Syllogism not a Syllogism?