Thinking about Contradictions

The Imaginary Logic of Nikolai Aleksandrovich Vasil’ev

  • Venanzio Raspa

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 386)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 1-13
  3. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 15-26
  4. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 27-51
  5. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 53-73
  6. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 75-104
  7. Venanzio Raspa
    Pages 105-126
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 127-160

About this book


This volume examines the entire logical and philosophical production of Nicolai A. Vasil’ev, studying his life and activities as a historian and man of letters. Readers will gain a comprehensive understanding of this influential Russian logician, philosopher, psychologist, and poet.

The author frames Vasil’ev’s work within its historical and cultural context. He takes into consideration both the situation of logic in Russia and the state of logic in Western Europe, from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th. 

Following this, the book considers the attempts to develop non-Aristotelian logics or ideas that present affinities with imaginary logic. It then looks at the contribution of traditional logic in elaborating non-classical ideas. This logic allows the author to deal with incomplete objects just as imaginary logic does with contradictory ones. Both logics are objects of interesting analysis by modern researchers.

This volume will appeal to graduate students and scholars interested not only in Vasil’ev’s work, but also in the history of non-classical logics.


History of many-valued logic History of non-classical logics History of paraconsistent logic Imaginary logic Imaginary logic and paraconsistency Imaginary logic and syllogistic N. A. Vasil’ev Non-Aristotelian Logic Non-Aristotelian Logic Vasil’ev Non-classical issues in traditional logic Principle of contradiction Principle of contradiction Vasil’ev Principle of excluded middle Vasil’ev Square of opposition Vasil’ev Vasil’ev on contradiction Vasil’ev on impossible worlds Vasil’ev on negation Vasil’ev on syllogistic Vasil’ev paraconsistent logic Vasil’ev triangle of oppositions

Authors and affiliations

  • Venanzio Raspa
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Studi UmanisticiUniversità degli Studi di Urbino Carlo BoUrbinoItaly

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