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Innovation and Application of Logic: An Interview with Jaakko Hintikka


I visited Professor Hintikka and discussed with him about ten times during my visit to Harvard University from 2000 to 2001. I can still vividly remember my first visit to him in his office and then Jaakko inviting me for lunch in the BU faculty club, including how I tried my best to ‘show’ my knowledge of Aristotle and Frege, with a hope that it was my first but not the last talk with him and how really excited I was when he kindly said to me after lunch: “You are welcome to visit me again at the same time in two weeks”. In my view Hintikka was a brilliant philosopher and logician, and also a very kind and engaging person from and with whom one can constantly learn new ideas without limitations.

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Correspondence to Lu Wang.

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This interview was first written in Chinese by Lu Wang and it was published in World Philosophy, Vol. 5, 2002. Now the interview is translated into English by Haixia Man. Our thanks go to Professor Pietarinen for including this interview in this special issue.

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Wang, L. Innovation and Application of Logic: An Interview with Jaakko Hintikka. Log. Univers. 13, 263–271 (2019).

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  • Hintikka
  • von Wright
  • Wittgenstein
  • Game-theoretic semantics
  • IF logic

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  • Secondary 03A05