Timothy Smiley has made ground-breaking contributions to modal logic, free logic, multiple-conclusion logic, and plural logic; he has illuminated Aristotle’s syllogistic, the ideas of logical form and consequence, and the distinction between assertion and rejection; and his debunking work on the theory of descriptions is a tour de force. In this volume, an international roster of contributors discuss Smiley's work to date; their essays will be of significant interest to those working across the logical spectrum—in philosophy of language, philosophical logic (...) and mathematical logic. (shrink)
Questions about knowledge, and about the relation between logic and language, are at the heart of philosophy. Eleven distinguished philosophers from Britain and America contribute papers on such questions. All the contributions are examples of recent philosophy at its best. The first half of the book constitutes a running debate about knowledge, evidence and doubt. The second half tackles questions about logic and its relation to language.
Notes on Contributors • Timothy Smiley, Preface LECTURE I • James Higginbotham, On Higher-Order Logic and Natural Language Commentary • David Bostock, On Motivating Higher-Order Logic LECTURE II • R M Sainsbury, Indexicals and Reported Speech Commentary • J E J Altham, Reporting Indexicals LECTURE III • Timothy Williamson, Iterated Attitudes Commentary • Dorothy Edgington, Williamson on Iterated Attitudes.
Notes on Contributors Timothy Smiley, Preface M F Burnyeat, Plato on Why Mathematics is Good for the Soul Ian Hacking, What Mathematics Has Done to Some and Only Some Philosophers Jonathan Bennett, Infallibility and Modal Knowledge in Some Early Modern Philosophers.