Free Logic

By Karel Lambert

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Free logic is an important field of philosophical logic that first appeared in the 1950s. J. Karel Lambert was one of its founders and coined the term itself. The essays in this collection (written over a period of 40 years) explore the philosophical foundations of free logic and its application to areas as diverse as the philosophy of religion and computer science. Amongst the applications on offer are those to the analysis of existence statements, to definite descriptions and to partial functions. The volume contains a proof that free logics of any kind are non-extensional and then uses that proof to show that Quine's theory of predication and referential transparency must fail. The purpose of this collection is to bring an important body of work to the attention of a new generation of professional philosophers, computer scientists and mathematicians.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

Free Logic
Selected Essays
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 10/31/02
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511039190
ISBN 13: 9780511039195
Print ISBN: 9780521818162

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