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The Metaphysics of Logic


Penelope Rush, Jody Azzouni, Stewart Shapiro, Solomon Feferman, Penelope Maddy, Curtis Franks, Mark Steiner, Paul Thom, Gyula Klima, Ermanno Bencivenga, Sandra Lapointe, Graham Priest, J. C. Beall, Michael Hughes, Ross Vandegrift, Tuomas E. Tahko
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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039643

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  • Featuring fourteen new essays from an international team of renowned contributors, this volume explores the key issues, debates and questions in the metaphysics of logic. The book is structured in three parts, looking first at the main positions in the nature of logic, such as realism, pluralism, relativism, objectivity, nihilism, conceptualism, and conventionalism, then focusing on historical topics such as the medieval Aristotelian view of logic, the problem of universals, and Bolzano's logical realism. The final section tackles specific issues such as glutty theories, contradiction, the metaphysical conception of logical truth, and the possible revision of logic. The volume will provide readers with a rich and wide-ranging survey, a valuable digest of the many views in this area, and a long overdue investigation of logic's relationship to us and the world. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students of philosophy, logic, and mathematics.

    • Focuses on a wide range of philosophical issues in logic
    • Accessible to readers with no background in mathematics or logic
    • A comprehensive collection of key positions and debates in the metaphysics of logic
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    'Rush's volume will be recommended as important reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of logic. Each article is interesting and well edited, doing a service to the study of logic.' James Cargile, University of Virginia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039643
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Penelope Rush
    Part I. The Main Positions:
    1. Logical realism Penelope Rush
    2. A defence of logical conventionalism Jody Azzouni
    3. Pluralism, relativism, and objectivity Stewart Shapiro
    4. Logic, mathematics and conceptual structuralism Solomon Feferman
    5. A Second Philosophy of logic Penelope Maddy
    6. Logical nihilism Curtis Franks
    7. Wittgenstein and the covert Platonism of mathematical logic Mark Steiner
    Part II. History and Authors:
    8. Logic and its objects: a medieval Aristotelian view Paul Thom
    9. The problem of universals and the subject matter of logic Gyula Klima
    10. Logics and worlds Ermanno Bencivenga
    11. Bolzano's logical realism Sandra Lapointe
    Part III. Specific Issues:
    12. Revising logic Graham Priest
    13. Glutty theories and the logic of antinomies J. C. Beall, Michael Hughes and Ross Vandegrift
    14. The metaphysical interpretation of logical truth Tuomas E. Tahko

  • Editor

    Penelope Rush, University of Tasmania
    Penelope Rush is Honorary Associate with the School of Philosophy and Online Lecturer for Student Learning at the University of Tasmania. She has published articles in journals including Logic and Logical Philosophy, Review of Symbolic Logic, South African Journal of Philosophy, Studia Philosophica Estonica, and Logique et Analyse. She is also the author of The Paradoxes of Mathematical, Logical, and Scientific Realism (forthcoming).


    Penelope Rush, Jody Azzouni, Stewart Shapiro, Solomon Feferman, Penelope Maddy, Curtis Franks, Mark Steiner, Paul Thom, Gyula Klima, Ermanno Bencivenga, Sandra Lapointe, Graham Priest, J. C. Beall, Michael Hughes, Ross Vandegrift, Tuomas E. Tahko

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