The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers David S. Oderberg

ISBN: 9780262651066

Published: April 15th 2005

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256 pages


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The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers  by  David S. Oderberg

The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers by David S. Oderberg
April 15th 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780262651066 | 5.48 Mb

Over the course of a career that has spanned more than fifty years, philosopher Fred Sommers has taken on the monumental task of reviving the development of Aristotelian (syllogistic) logic after it was supplanted by the predicate logic of GottlobMoreOver the course of a career that has spanned more than fifty years, philosopher Fred Sommers has taken on the monumental task of reviving the development of Aristotelian (syllogistic) logic after it was supplanted by the predicate logic of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell.

The enormousness of Sommerss undertaking can be gauged by the fact that most philosophers had come to believe -- as David S. Oderberg writes in his preface -- that Aristotelian logic was good but is now as good as dead. A revival of traditional syllogistic logic would involve not only its restatement but its refashioning into a system that could rival the elegance and deductive power of predicate logic. Building on work by medieval scholastic logicians, Leibniz, and nineteenth-century algebraic logicians, Sommers accomplished this renovation and rehabilitation of syllogistic logic with his magnum opus The Logic of Natural Language, published in 1982.In The Old New Logic, essays by a diverse group of contributors show how widely influential Sommerss work has been -- not only in logic, but in category theory and other areas.

Scholars in psychology, linguistics, and computer science join philosophers and logicians in discussing aspects of Sommerss contributions to philosophy. Sommers himself provides an intellectual autobiography at the beginning and in the final chapter offers comments on the contributions. This collection should help bring to Sommerss work the attention it deserves from the wider philosophical and intellectual community.



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