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The metaphysics of logic?

A collection of essays on The Metaphysics of Logic, edited by Penelope Rush, was published as a very expensive haddock — no, no, you idiot spell-checker, hardback — in 2014. Even with my large discount as a CUP author, I balked at … Continue reading

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OUP philosophy book sale

In case you missed an announcement, OUP has a sale offer on philosophy books with 30% off across the board. (Go to the OUP site, click on the left at the top of the menu “Academical and Professional”). Neil Tennant’s … Continue reading

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The Great Formal Machinery Works

I’d like to have had the time now to carefully read Jan von Plato’s new book and comment on it here, as the bits I’ve dipped into are very interesting. But, after a holiday break, I must get my nose … Continue reading

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Gerhard Gentzen’s Shorthand Notes

Springer have just published an exceptional volume that should quite certainly be in any university library that has any kind of logic collection. From the blurb of Saved from The Cellar – Gerhard Gentzen’s Shorthand Notes on Logic and Foundations of Mathematics: “Attempts … 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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Life’s choppier waters

My non-logical readings are rather random, except for one pretty firm rule — I try to alternate between reading something new (or at least, new to me), and re-reading something familiar (or at least something that would be familiar, if only … Continue reading

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Intro to Formal Logic 2?

I’m mulling over a proposal that I write a second edition of my Introduction to Formal Logic, first published thirteen years ago by CUP. I’m tempted. I’m sure I could make a very much better job of it. Though, of course, I’m only … Continue reading

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Quick book note: Prime Numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis

Here’s a newly published book from CUP by Barry Mazur and William Stein. It’s delightfully short — just 128 pages before the endnotes, and in fact a fair proportion of those relatively few pages is taken up with graphs and diagrams, and … Continue reading

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Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist #5

The next paper in Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist is by Paola Cantù, on “Peano and Gödel”. The headline claim is that Gödel’s philosophical notebooks indicate that he had read Peano (and in particular Peano’s contributions to the Formulaire des mathématiques /Formulario Mathematico) rather carefully — and … Continue reading

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Kurt Gödel, Philosopher-Scientist #4

After the two introductory papers, the volume we’re taking about divides into two parts: “Close Readings of some of Gödel’s Philosophical Remarks (Max Phil)” and “New Readings in Gödel’s Philosophy”, and in each part the papers are ordered alphabetically by … Continue reading

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