On the Philosophy of Logic

ISBN-10: 0495008885

ISBN-13: 9780495008880

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jennifer Fisher

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Jennifer Fisher's ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF LOGIC explores questions about logic often overlooked by philosophers. Which of the many different logics available to us is right? How would we know? What makes a logic right in the first place? Is logic really a good guide to human reasoning? An ideal companion text for any course in symbolic logic, this lively and accessible book explains important logical concepts, introduces classical logic and its problems and alternatives, and reveals the rich and interesting philosophical issues that arise in exploring the fundamentals of logic. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES (under the general editorship of Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University) presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616

Introduction: What is Logic?
Formal Logic-an Introduction
Reasoning, Inference, Arguments, and Logic
A Little History: Aristotelian Logic
Modern Logic: Frege's Insight
An Overview of Classical Logic
Truth Tables
Rules of Inference and Valid and Invalid Argument Forms
What is Truth?
The Problem with Truth
Three Theories of Truth
Correspondence Theories
Coherence Theories
Deflationary Theories
Truth and Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Three Distinctions
Syntax and Semantics
Form and Content
Logical Consequence and Logical Truth
Quantifiers and Identity
Quantifiers, Vacuous Names, and the Problem of Non-Being
Identity and Definite Descriptions
Modal Logic
Necessity and Possibility
Other Modalities
Possible Worlds
But is it Logic?
Fatalism and Future Contingents
The Conditional
The Problematic Material Conditional
Conditional Logics and Possible Worlds
Relevance Logic
Relevance Logics and the Failure of Disjunctive Syllogism
Two Logical Truths
Intuitionism, Realism, and the Law of the Excluded Middle
Paraconsistent Logics, Dialetheism, and the Principle of Non-Contradiction
How True Are logical Truths?
Quantum Logic
Physics and Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Logic
Problems with Quantum Logic
Which Logic is Right?
Not Tonk
Making Sense of the Title Question of this Chapter
Some Traditional Philosophical Questions Raised by Logic
The Metaphysics of Logic
Making Sense of Logical Facts
Giving Up Trying to Make Sense of Logical Facts
The Epistemology of Logic
A Traditional Distinction
Justifying Logic
Revising Logic
A More Positive Note
Rationality and Logic
The Wason Selection Task (Again)
The Irrelevance of Logic
Beyond Logic
Why Bother?
Further Readings
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