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European Review of Philosophy, vol 4 cover

European Review of Philosophy, 4:

The Nature of Logic

edited by Achille C. Varzi

What is logic? What makes it a subject in its own right, separate from (and in the background of) the concerns of other disciplines? What is the distinctive character of a logical term or operation? The wealth of technical developments in all areas of logic in recent years has not diminished the need of serious philosophical reflection on the nature of logic, and indeed there is a growing gap between the logician's work and the philosopher's urge to understand the scope of that work. The aim of this collection is to offer material toward filling that gap.

Some of the essays have a programmatic flavor; others put forward articulated views; others still concern themselves with the link between technical aspects and philosophical issues. But all share a common concern for the heart of the problem and stem from a common desire to clarify the nature of the logician's enterprise.

Achille C. Varzi was Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University at the time of this publication.


  • Introduction
    Achille Varzi
  • What Is Logic About?
    Ermanno Bencivenga
  • Wider Still and Wider… Resetting the Bounds of Logic
    Johan van Benthem
  • The Intuitionistic Conception of Logic
    Dirk van Dalen
  • Logic and Analyticity
    Allen P. Hazen
  • The Implicational Nature of Logic: A Structuralist Account
    Arnold Koslow
  • The Ontological Commitments of Logical Theories
    Manuel Perez-Otero & Manuel Garcia-Carpintero
  • Validity
    Graham Priest
  • Is Logic a Theory of the Obvious?
    Gila Sher


ISBN (Paperback): 157586178X (9781575861784)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861798 (9781575861791)

Subject: Philosophy

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