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The Evolution of Logic (The Evolution of Modern Philosophy) Hardcover – August 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521766814 ISBN-10: 0521766818

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Product Details

  • Series: The Evolution of Modern Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521766818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521766814
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,029,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"....Hart weaves in philosophical themes in interesting ways, but this book is most appropriate for those with a sound grasp of logic as a sub-discipline of mathematics.... Recommended...."
- F. Wilson, University of Toronto, CHOICE

"....The development of logic after the war went rather in the direction of mathematics than philosophy. This period of the history of logic is shown in the book on the example of four problems; consistency and independence of the continuum hypothesis, Post's problem and Morley's theorem. The aim of the author is to make these achievements more accessible to philosophers and in this way to make available for them the tools necessary to renew the dialogue between logic and philosophy."
-Roman Murawski (PL-POZNM; Poznan), Mathematical Reviews

"The Evolution of Logic is a significant study, perhaps a must-read, for those interested in the history of logic and set theory from Cantor to the present day. W. D. Hart illuminates both the ideas that inspire the study of logic and the ideas inspired by discoveries in logic.... The first five chapters provide valuable insights for readers with a moderate preparation in philosophical logic. But the real force of Hart's book is the appeal to philosophers and intellectual historians of the more concerted studies of the mathematics in chapters 6-9...."
-John W. Snapper, Illinois Institute of Technology, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science

"...an admirable job of making the presentation very smooth, with proofs simplified to their essential elements...."
-Michael Scanlan, History and Philosophy of Logic

"...The Evolution of Logic is a book of admirable breadth and complexity. I find it to be tremendously interesting and thought-provoking. It will be widely discussed."
-George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Linguistics and Philosophical Investigations

Book Description

The Evolution of Logic examines the relations between logic and philosophy over the last 150 years, when logic underwent a renaissance. This mathematical and philosophical movement created the analytical style of philosophy. This book is an exposition and critique of its major trends and includes expositions of mathematical results in logic often inaccessible to philosophers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By floridian321 on September 22, 2014
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I bought this book in part because I remember Hart from my undergraduate days at the City College of New York: A rather serious looking fellow with glasses who didn't say much at departmental colloquia. I can't say for sure that Hart taught logic at CCNY because Martin Tamny, Roger Rosenkrantz and Mike Levin did that. Four professional logicians in a department that small would have been odd; but I could be wrong.

In addition, the title of Hart's book seemed catchy. So, Amazon customers may want to know if the book really has the same objective as the classic on the subject by William and Martha Kneale, The Development of Logic, a tome of some 800 pages? Not even close. The title of Hart's book is utterly and completely misleading. Why his editors at Cambridge University Press let him get away with violating the law of truth in advertising is a mystery. They should have known better even if Hart evidently doesn't. Anyway: The title is silly because what can properly be said to have evolved is our understanding of logic not logic itself. Think about it.

The second relevant question is whether this book covers anything omitted in other books on the subject or does so in a more interesting fashion. I didn't find that to be the case. If you want to study set theory, for example, there are better introductory books for that, e.g., Halmos. Go to Levy for ZFC. If you've gotten past baby logic, e.g., Mates, and want to sink your teeth into the hard stuff, have a go at Schoenfield. If you want an intro text on metatheory, start with Hunter and graduate to Kleene. Proof theory? Work thru Takeuti. And so on. What you'll get from Hart is an impressionistic, stream-of-consciousness approach to developments in logic roughly since Frege. Why bother?
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