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Cogitations : A Study of the Cogito in Relation to the Philosophy of Logic and Language and a Study of Them in Relation to the Cogito

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Arguing that the problem with Descartes' Cogito ergo sum - a famous but controversial philosopical dictum - lies in a deficiency in the theory of logic and language that Cartesian scholars have brought to the study of the Cogito, Katz here proposes that the Cogito be understood as an example of 'analytical entailment', a thesis according to which a statement can be a formally valid inference without depending on a law of logic.show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 156 x 235.7 x 12.7mm | 358.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195055500
  • 9780195055504
  • 967,967

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'the book is full of interesting and challenging ideas, presented in a most readable and orderly style and argued for adroitly and fairly.' E.P. Bos, University of Leiden. History and Philosophy of Logicshow more

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Descartes's cogito ergo sum is at once one of the simplest and most puzzling of philosophical arguments. Although most philosophers agree that the argument is valid, they do not agree about why it is valid. And the most generally accepted account, on which the inference becomes a standard logical argument once a missing premise is supplied, contradicts Descartes's own statements about the cogito.show more