Book Review: Possibilities and Paradox - An Introduction to Modal and Many-Valued Logic by Bas van Fraassen, Beallcategories: Books, Humanities, Philosophy, Logic, modal logic
Authors: J. C. Beall, Bas C. van Fraassen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Logic for PhilosopersI agree that this book would benefit from an appendix or so on "how to prove", at least for those with a minimal logic background. On the other hand, I had a minimal background before approaching this text, and I wound up going through the entire thing. If you work hard through the first four chapters, you'll be rewarded in the rest of the book, where enjoyable, interesting, philosophical ideas get formal clarity. What I most enjoyed about the book is the excitement of philosophical logic.
From reading this book, I now understand what philosophical logicians do, and I find it fascinating and enjoyable! In short, philosophical logicians attempt to shed clarity on philosophically interesting ideas by providing "models" of the logic involved in the ideas. Read the book! I think that few people could guess just how fun logical thinking and logical "modeling" can be!
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