Dale Jacquette's A Companion to Philosophical Logic PDF

By Dale Jacquette

This choice of newly comissioned essays by means of foreign members bargains a consultant review of an important advancements in modern philosophical logic.

  • Presents controversies in philosophical implications and purposes of formal symbolic logic.
  • Surveys significant developments and gives unique insights.

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Both the Stoics and Aristotle, then, investigated logical modalities in order to reconcile logical theory with their views about determinism. ’ Aristotle, who rejects universal necessitarianism and develops a complex theory of potentialities to accommodate his views on motion and deliberation, at least recognizes that his position will require some radical modification of his logical theory. ) 6 Sentential Logic in Aristotle and Afterwards Aristotle never developed an account of sentential logic (the inferences that rest on sentential operators such as ‘and,’ ‘or,’ ‘if,’ ‘not’).

For beaten tracks lead this sort of cattle . . not where we ought to go, but where we have been. 7) The “cattle,” poor drudges who taught logic to undergraduates, struck back by proposing to ban Locke’s Essay from Oxford, since “there was a great decay of logical exercises . . which could not be attributed to anything so much as the new philosophy, which was too much read” (Cranston 1957: 465ff). Hume continued Locke’s attack: “Our scholastic headpieces shew no . . 15). Denis Diderot’s article on logic in the Encyclopédie, the most widely consulted reference work of the century, claimed that reasoning is a natural ability; to conduct logical inquiries is like “setting oneself the task of dissecting the human leg in order to learn how to walk” (Encyclopédie, Logique).

The unusual triadic construction of consequence also allows for enthymemes, or partly ‘material’ consequences, where only a subset of extralogical terms is varied. For example, in the argument ‘All men are mortal, therefore Socrates is mortal,’ any substitution on ‘mortal’ that makes the premise true makes the conclusion true: though not a logical consequence, it is valid with respect to ‘mortal’ (cf. George 1983). Most logic texts of the period claimed, without supporting argument, that the so-called ‘laws of thought’ (identity, contradiction, and excluded middle) are the basic principles, the foundation on which all logic rests.

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