[FOM] Free review/article on QUINE'S PHILOSOPHY OF LOGIC

John Corcoran corcoran at buffalo.edu
Sun Mar 13 10:24:00 EDT 2016






CORCORAN ON QUINE'S PHILOSOPHY OF LOGIC Corcoran, J. 1972. Quine, Willard.
Philosophy of Logic. In Philosophy of Science 39, 97-99. WILLARD QUINE,
Philosophy of logic, Harvard, 1970/1986. 

This book is best regarded as a concise essay developing the personal views
of a major philosopher of logic and as such it is to be welcomed by scholars
in the field. It is not (and does not purport to be) a treatment of a
significant portion of those philosophical problems generally thought to be
germane to logic. It would be easy to list many popular topics in philosophy
of logic which it does not mention. Even its "definition" of logic-"the
systematic study of logical truth"-is peculiar to the author and would be
regarded as inappropriately restrictive by many logicians.


There are several standard ways of defining truth using sequences. Quine's
discussions in the 1970 first printing of Philosophy of logic and in
previous lectures were vitiated by mixing two. Quine's logical Two-Method
Error, which eluded Quine's colleagues, was corrected in the 1978 sixth
printing. But Quine never explicitly acknowledged, described, or even
mentioned the error in print although in correspondence he did thank
Corcoran for bringing it to his attention. 




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