Monthly Archives: December 2016

The material conditional and the logic textbooks (3)

So turning to Nick Smith’s long and discursive book, what line does he take on the relationship between everyday conditionals and the material conditional? Smith, as usual, sets aside subjunctive conditionals; the issue then is the relation beween indicative conditional … Continue reading

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The material conditional and the logic textbooks (2)

Continuing from the previous post, I’ll consider five elementary textbooks aimed at philosophers, all either first published, or with new editions, well after e.g. Edgington’s State of the Art article. The first three texts I’ve chosen to look at because … Continue reading

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The material conditional and the logic textbooks (1)

What is the relationship between the ordinary language conditional and the material conditional which standard first-order logic uses as its counterpart, surrogate, or replacement? Let’s take it as agreed for present purposes that there is a distinction to be drawn … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet and Harriet Krijgh play Schubert

The Pavel Haas Quartet with Harriet Krijgh play the Adagio from the Schubert Quintet. Not the best quality video ever, but oh, the playing is beyond words …

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A Christmas card

With all good wishes for a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

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Tarski on disjunction

Before going off to Florence, I was reworking chapters on the material conditional for IFL2 (in fact I posted a couple of draft chapters here, which I then thought I could improve on,  and so I rapidly took them down again). While away, … Continue reading

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Logic (etc.) books of the year?

It’s that time again when the weekend papers are full of their lists of books of the year.  I have to say that so many recommendations sound frankly quite unappealing — surely, there’s a lot of literary virtue-signalling going on! —  but that still … Continue reading

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Another postcard from Florence

Some wonderful sunny days. Flights to Pisa and hotels in Florence both have enough spaces in December to risk last minute bookings when you’ve seen the weather forecast — but that’s not our way: so this has been sheer good luck. … Continue reading

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Postcard from Florence

Back to Florence for five days. Lovely in the winter sun. Does it perhaps seems a little busier with groups of Chinese tourists than this time last year?  But of course there are still nothing like the dire crowds of summer. One high point … Continue reading

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IFL2 news

I have just heard that CUP are definitely going to offer me a contract for a shiny new edition of my Introduction to Formal Logic. If the press had never mentioned the idea, I would have probably never taken a … Continue reading

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