Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Forms of Thought
A Study in Philosophical Logic

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


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available for inspection. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an inspection copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • 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

    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

  • 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.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.