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Book Title: Philosophy of Logic|
The size of the: 18.40 MB
Edition: Harvard University Press
Date of issue: June 6th 1986
ISBN 13: 9780674665637
The author of the book: Willard Van Orman Quine
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This is a very good introduction to logic. Quine deals with technical details, as well as the considerations that go into navigating these technicalities this way or that way. I picked at "The Logic Book" but was always confused over just why these connectives and those operations were considered to be THE elements of logic. Surely, you can "see" it, and rationalize it, but anything that claims the mantle of logic must be rigor itself; I don't want to hear some appeal to it's pleasing simplicity or striking character that decides it so.
Quine maps out the establishment of a logical language, showing various dead ends that might make the language trip over itself, as well as examples of various deviant logics that take different premises and move different directions. In doing so, he separates symbolic logic from the philosophy of logic, which is essential to understanding the whole package. Everything one might see in "The Logic Book" is the most neutral logical language that was produced by a intense, century long and highly technical debate.
Quine, though biased, does a very good job of showing how much is up the the air in this field, and the type of considerations that go into the construction of logical languages which otherwise seem monolithic and inscrutable.
Read information about the author"Willard Van Orman Quine (June 25, 1908 Akron, Ohio – December 25, 2000) (known to intimates as "Van"), was an American analytic philosopher and logician. From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was affiliated in some way with Harvard University, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of mathematics, and finally as an emeritus elder statesman who published or revised seven books in retirement. He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard, 1956-78. Quine falls squarely into the analytic philosophy tradition while also being the main proponent of the view that philosophy is not conceptual analysis. His major writings include "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", which attacked the distinction between analytic and synthetic propositions and advocated a form of semantic holism, and Word and Object which further developed these positions and introduced the notorious indeterminacy of translation thesis." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_...
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