Monthly Archives: September 2014

Quick book note: Stewart Shapiro’s Varieties of Logic

Stewart Shapiro’s very readable short book Varieties of Logic (OUP, 2014) exhibits the author’s characteristic virtues of great clarity and a lot of learning carried lightly. I found it, though, to be uncharacteristically disappointing. Perhaps that’s because for me, in some key respects, … Continue reading

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Philosophers being offensive

If philosophers want to be really offensive, at least do it with style. I’m reminded of a story about my favourite Cambridge philosopher, C.D. Broad. Not entirely a nice man. A long time colleague of his at Trinity was the … Continue reading

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The Very Short Teach Yourself Logic Guide

I seem to have gone full circle! The very first instalment of the TYL Study Guide was a short blogpost here. Then things grew. And grew. Until we get to the current 100 page PDF monster — and that’s only as short(!) … Continue reading

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Gillian Bennett: on doing the brave, decent and loving thing

If you happened not to see her final testimony and plea for the legalization of assisted suicide, then do read these very moving webpages left by Gillian Bennett (the wife for 57 years of that fine philosopher Jonathan Bennett) who … Continue reading

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One little “}”

No, you didn’t need new spectacles. One little “}” missing, and the last half of the lovingly crafted TYL version 12.0 was all in the smaller font intended for postscripts and asides. Pah! Sometimes is annoying. Just a tinsy bit. OK, so here’s version … Continue reading

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Teach Yourself Logic, version 12.0

In time for the new semester/new term/new academic year (depending on how things are chunked up in your neck of the woods), there’s a new version of the Teach Yourself Logic Study Guide and a supplementary page on Category Theory, … Continue reading

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