Philosophical logic

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Philosophical logic refers to those areas of philosophy in which recognized methods of logic have traditionally been used to solve or advance the discussion of philosophical problems.[1] Among these, Sybil Wolfram highlights the study of argument, meaning, and truth,[2] while Colin McGinn presents identity, existence, predication, necessity and truth as the main topics of his book on the subject.[3]

Philosophical logic also addresses extensions and alternatives to traditional, "classical" logic known as "non-classical" logics. These receive more attention in texts such as John P. Burgess's Philosophical Logic,[4] the Blackwell Companion to Philosophical Logic,[5] or the multi-volume Handbook of Philosophical Logic[6] edited by Dov M. Gabbay and Franz Guenthner.

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  1. ^ Dale Jacquette, A Companion to Philosophical Logic, Wiley-Blackwell: 2002.
  2. ^ Wolfram, Sybil. Philosophical Logic: An Introduction. Routledge: 1989. ISBN 0-415-02317-3.
  3. ^ Preface to Colin McGinn, Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 (ISBN 0-19-926263-2).
  4. ^ John P. Burgess, Philosophical Logic, Princeton University Press: 2009.
  5. ^ Lou Goble (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic, Oxford: Blackwell: 2009 (ISBN 0-631-20693-0).
  6. ^ Gabbay, Dov M.; Guenthner, Franz (eds.), Handbook of Philosophical Logic