Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation

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April 2004



The defining feature of relevant logic is that it forces the premises of an argument to be really used and thus become "relevant" in deriving its conclusion. This book introduces the reader to relevant logic and provides it with a philosophical interpretation. The logic is analyzed in the context of possible world semantics and situation semantics, which are then applied to provide an understanding of the various logical particles (especially implication and negation) and natural language conditionals. The book concludes by examining various applications of relevant logic.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Relevant Logic and its Semantics: 1. What is relevant logic and why do we need it?; 2. Possible worlds and beyond; 3. Situating implication; 4. Ontological interlude; 5. Negation; 6. Modality, entailment and quantification; Part II. Conditionals: 7. Indicative conditionals; 8. Counterfactuals; Part III. Inference and its Applications: 9. The structure of deduction; 10. Disjunctive syllogism; 11. Putting relevant logic to work; 12. Afterword; Appendix A: the logic R; Appendix B: Routley-Meyer semantics for R; Glossary; References; Index.


Edwin D. Mares is Senior Lecturer at the Philosophy Programme, Victoria University of Wellington. He has published extensively on both the philosophical and mathematical aspects of logic, as well as metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

EAN: 9780521829236
ISBN: 0521829232
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 229 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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