Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why not ask your local friendly logician?

Logicians are perhaps of rather limited use to the world (as I’m occasionally reminded by Mrs Logic Matters). But they can be tolerably helpful when you are in danger of inadvertently confusing  use and mention, or if you want to avoid getting into muddles … Continue reading

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Solomon Feferman (13.xii.1928 — 26.vii.2016)

I’m sad to hear that Solomon Feferman, an intellectual hero of mine, has died. There is a very warm tribute here from the Stanford philosophy department.

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Those Brexit blues again

The admirable John Lanchester, writes on Brexit in the latest London Review of Books, which has made his piece freely available. If you are not all Brexited out, then this strikes me as particularly insightful about some of the social … Continue reading

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Reaching peak Apple: the Macbook 2016

I have not wanted to post about the really pretty miserable political news even though it has been much occupying my thoughts (for I have nothing new or insightful to add about Brexit,  about the incompetent narcissist supposedly leading the Labour … Continue reading

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The Arcanto Quartet with Maximilian Hornung play the Schubert Quintet

By chance, we just caught this BBC broadcast, available for 30 days, of a truly fine performance of the Schubert Quintet by the Arcanto Quartet with Maximilian Hornung as the additional cellist. An hour’s suitably reflective respite from the grimmest of news,  which others might … Continue reading

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IFL2: a first instalment

OK, I have been tinkering with the opening chapters of my Introduction to Formal Logic, trying to improve them for the planned second edition. Here then are the early chapters up to and including the first Interlude, in an initial re-draft [updated … Continue reading

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Most arguments are not arguments

Here’s a strange claim — or rather, something that ought to strike the uncorrupted mind as strange! An argument consists of a set of declarative sentences (the premisses) and a declarative sentence (the conclusion) marked as the concluded sentence. (Halbach, The Logic … Continue reading

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