Thinking Things Through: An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements
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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