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The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic



The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic

Lou Goble (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20693-4 August 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 522 Pages

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This volume presents a definitive introduction to twenty core areas of philosophical logic including classical logic, modal logic, alternative logics and close examinations of key logical concepts.
List of Contributors.


Introduction: Lou Goble (Willamette University).

1. Classical Logic I - First-Order Logic: Wilfrid Hodges (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London).

2. Classical Logic II - Higher-Order Logic: Stewart Shapiro (The Ohio State University at Newark; University of St.Andrews).

3. Set Theory: John P. Burgess (Princeton University).

4. Godel's Incompleteness Theorems: Raymond Smullyan (Indiana University).

5. Truth: Anil Gupta (Indiana University).

6. Logical Consequence: Patricia A. Blanchette (University of Notre Dame).

7. Modal Logic: M. J. Cresswell (Victoria University of Wellington).

8. Deontic Logic: Risto Hilpinen (University of Miami, Coral Gables).

9. Epistemic Logic: J.-J. Ch. Meyer (Utrecht University).

10. Temporal Logic: Yde Venema (University of Amsterdam).

11. Intuitionistic Logic: Dirk van Dalen (Utrecht University).

12. Free Logics: Karel Lambert (University of California at Irvine and the University of Salzburg).

13. Relevant Logics: Edwin D. Mares (Victoria University of Wellington) and Robert K. Meyer (Australian National University).

14. Many-Valued Logics: Grzegorz Malinowski (University of Ódê).

15. Nonmonotonic Logic: John F. Horty (University of Maryland).

16. Probability, Logic, and Probability Logic: Alan Hájek (California Institute of Technology).

17. Conditionals: Dorothy Edgington (University of Oxford).

18. Negation: Heinrich Wansing (Dresden University of Technology).

19. Quantifiers: Dag Westerståhl (Göteborg University).

20. Logic and Natural Language: Alice ter Meulen (University of Groningen).


"Suppose your friend – or your student, or yourself – knows a little logic and a little philosophy. If you wish that person to gain an early appreciation of philosophical logic, then this book is a perfect gift – or assignment, or purchase. Written by outstanding philosophical logicians, its clear and authoritative chapters guide the reader directly into the heart of each topic. There are enough details to create genuine understanding, but not so many as to intimidate. The term 'guide' is exactly the right word for this splendid book."
Nuel Belnap, University of Pittsburgh <!--end-->

"This is an excellent collection of articles covering the main areas of philosophical logic, written by front-line, internationally known researchers in the field. It should be available in every serious library."
Dov Gabbay, King's College, London

"This volume on philosophical logic is a welcome and manageable resource. The editor is to be congratulated both on his choice of material and on his choice of collaborators. The result is a well-balanced mix of authoritative overviews of classical mathematical logic and up-to-date accounts of topics in linguistics and computer science."
Krister Segerberg, Uppsala University

"These twenty chapters cover the areas of logic of greatest interest to philosophers, and also to computer scientists, linguists, and cognitive scientists. They are written by world-class authorities in their fields and give comprehensive and definitive introductions to their subjects."
Ernie Lepore, Rutgers University

"For those interested in the philosophy of logic an excellent place to turn would be The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic edited by Lou Goble. The book consists of 20 specially written essays by distinguished figures in the field, each with an editor's introduction."
Times higher Education Supplement

"The intended readership is philosophers and logicians, but there is much that will be of interest to computer scientists, cognative scientists and theoretical linguists. The Book is accessible to non-experts and experts will find much substance in the essays."
Studia Logica

  • Takes the reader through a wide array of logic systems.
  • Offers a thorough explanation of the structures of logic systems and their motivations.
  • Serves as a valuable resource to numerous disciplines, including logic, philosophy, computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, theoretical linguistics, and fundamental mathematics.