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Forms of Thought
A Study in Philosophical Logic

  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107540439

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  • Forms of thought are involved whenever we name, describe, or identify things, and whenever we distinguish between what is, might be, or must be the case. It appears to be a distinctive feature of human thought that we can have modal thoughts, about what might be possible or necessary, and conditional thoughts, about what would or might be the case if something else were the case. Even the simplest thoughts are structured like sentences, containing referential and predicative elements, and studying these structures is the main task of philosophical logic. This clear and accessible book investigates the forms of thought, drawing out and focusing on the central logical notions of reference, predication, identity, modality and conditionality. It will be useful to students and other interested readers in epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of mind and language, and philosophical logic.

    • Examines in depth key notions in philosophical logic including the notions of reference, predication, identity, modality and conditionality
    • Shows how a study of forms of thought is crucial to understanding the powers of the intellect
    • Will have an impact on views and theories held across different disciplines within philosophy more widely
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    'Lowe aims to explicate the logical structure of thoughts via an examination of the sentences in which they are expressed … the argumentation and explanations are clear, straightforward … Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty.' S. P. Schwartz, Choice

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107540439
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Reference and Predication:
    2. Individuation, reference, and sortal terms
    3. Dispositional versus occurrent predication
    4. Predication and categories
    Part II. Identity:
    5. What is a criterion of identity?
    6. Identity conditions and their grounds
    Part III. Modality:
    7. Identity, vagueness, and modality
    8. Necessity, essence, and possible worlds
    Part IV. Conditionality:
    9. The truth about counterfactuals
    10. Conditionals and conditional probability
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    E. J. Lowe, University of Durham
    E. J. Lowe is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham. His publications include Subjects of Experience (Cambridge, 1996), The Possibility of Metaphysics (1998), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge, 2000), The Four-Category Ontology (2006), Personal Agency (2008) and More Kinds of Being (2009). He is a General Editor of the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy.

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