Thinking Things Through: An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements

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MIT Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 382 pages
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Thinking Things Through provides a broad, historical, and rigorous introduction tothe logical tradition in philosophy and to its contemporary significance. The presentation iscentered around three of the most fruitful issues in Western thought: What are proofs, and why dothey provide knowledge? How can experience be used to gain knowledge or to alter beliefs in arational way? What is the nature of mind and of mental events and mental states? In a clear andlively style, Glymour describes these key philosophical problems and traces attempts to solve them,from ancient Greece to the present.Thinking Things Through reveals the philosophical sources ofmodern work in logic, the theory of computation, Bayesian statistics, cognitive psychology, andartificial intelligence, and it connects these subjects with contemporary problems in epistemologyand metaphysics. The text is full of examples and problems, and an instructor's manual isavailable.Clark Glymour is Alumni Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University and AdjunctProfessor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

  

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Contents

Chapter
8
Chapter
14
ARISTOTLES THEORY OF DEMONSTRATION AND PROOF
35
IDEAS COMBINATIONS AND THE MATHEMATICS
65
Chapter 4
95
Chapter 5
115
Chapter 6
141
Chapter 7
167
BAYESIAN SOLUTIONS
191
Chapter 9
221
Chapter 10
249
MIND AND MEANING
275
Chapter 12
301
Chapter 13
339
Chapter 14
369
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Clark Glymour is Senior Research Scientist at IHMC and Alumni University Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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