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Two big red logic books, again

When I saw the proof copies of the Amazon cheap print-on-demand versions of IFL2 and IGT2, I changed the layout a bit, increased the width of the ‘gutter’ so that a two-page opening worked better with the binding. I’ve just … Continue reading → The post Two big red logic books, again appeared first on Logic [More]

Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German seventeenth-century philosopher, an incredible logician, and one of the most important contributors to the philosophy of metaphysics, philosophical theology, mathematics, and ethics. His metaphysical career spanned over thirty years, and he was an inspiration to other contemporary philosophers from the Enlightenment period. Born in 1646 in Leipzig, Germany, […] The post Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesForgotten Danish philosopher K E. LøgstrupIs motion an illusion of the senses?Six of the best Italian [More]

Critical Thinking & COVID-19 VII: Argument Against Expertise

In a previous essay I went over the argument from authority and the standards to use to distinguish between credible and non-credible experts. While people often make the mistake of treating non-experts as credible sources, they also make the mistake of rejecting credible experts because the experts are experts. This sort of fallacious reasoning is [More]

Choice and ignorance

I was very struck by the following remark made in passing on Asaf Karagila’s blog: We know absolutely nothing … I’m always pulled up short when reminded about gaps in our knowledge like this! Why are these things so hard? The post Choice and ignorance appeared first on Logic [More]

Critical Thinking & COVID-19 II: Credibility

While assessing the credibility of sources is always important, the pandemic has made this a matter of life and death. Those of us who are not epidemiologists or medical professionals must rely on others for our information. While some people are providing accurate information, there are well-meaning people unintentionally spreading unsupported or even untrue claims. [More]

How to Argue With People

Talking with people about difficult or controversial topics can be a real challenge (and it seems there are plenty of those conversations these days). This article covers the basics of argumentation and offers some strategies on how to make difficult conversations with people more productive. [More]

Short Little Lessons in Logic: Truth Function

The type of logic we’ve been studying in this series is called “truth-functional” logic. In this lesson, we’ll learn more about what that term means and how understanding truth function can help us better analyze truth value. We'll also take a look at the puzzling case of the conditional and learn how to understand the truth values of this operator. [More]

Short Little Lessons in Logic: Negation and Conditional

The negation operator is the only ‘monadic�� operator in the operators we study in this course. You’ll learn what that means and how to use negation. The conditional is a special operator that is both a little more complicated to understand but also very powerful. You’ll learn how to construct conditionals and what each part of the conditional communicates about truth value. [More]

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