Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1996 - Philosophy - 291 pages
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Initially proposed as rivals of classical logic, alternative logics have become increasingly important in areas such as computer science and artificial intelligence. Fuzzy logic, in particular, has motivated major technological developments in recent years.

Susan Haack's Deviant Logic provided the first extended examination of the philosophical consequences of alternative logics. In this new volume, Haack includes the complete text of Deviant Logic, as well as five additional papers that expand and update it. Two of these essays critique fuzzy logic, while three augment Deviant Logic's treatment of deduction and logical truth. Haack also provides an extensive new foreword, brief introductions to the new essays, and an updated bibliography of recent work in these areas.

Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic will be indispensable to students of philosophy, philosophy of science, linguistics, mathematics, and computer science, and will also prove invaluable to experienced scholars working in these fields.



  

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Contents

Reasons for Deviance
25
Deviance and the Theory of Truth
47
PART II
73
Intuitionism
91
Vagueness
109
Singular Terms and Existence
126
Quantum Mechanics
148
Appendix
168
Introduction
181
Analyticity and Logical Truth in The Roots of Reference
214
Introduction
229
Is Truth Flat or Bumpy?
243
Supplementary Bibliography of Selected Recent Material
259
Index
283
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Susan Haack is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books, among them Evidence and Inquiry and Defending Science, Within Reason, and of many articles in legal, philosophical, and scientific journals. Haack is one of a tiny number of living philosophers included in Peter J. King, 100 Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers (2004); and she appeared on The Independent on Sunday's list of the ten most important women philosophers of all time (2005).

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