The Semantic Foundations of Logic Volume 1: Propositional Logics

  • Authors
  • Richard L. Epstein

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 1-9
  3. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 11-60
  4. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 115-143
  5. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 195-228
  6. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 263-287
  7. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 289-314
  8. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 315-321
  9. Richard L. Epstein
    Pages 323-349
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 351-388

About this book


This book grew out of my confusion. If logic is objective how can there be so many logics? Is there one right logic, or many right ones? Is there some underlying unity that connects them? What is the significance of the mathematical theorems about logic which I've learned if they have no connection to our everyday reasoning? The answers I propose revolve around the perception that what one pays attention to in reasoning determines which logic is appropriate. The act of abstracting from our reasoning in our usual language is the stepping stone from reasoned argument to logic. We cannot take this step alone, for we reason together: logic is reasoning which has some objective value. For you to understand my answers, or perhaps better, conjectures, I have retraced my steps: from the concrete to the abstract, from examples, to general theory, to further confirming examples, to reflections on the significance of the work.



Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6722-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0525-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4530
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