Tracking Reason

Tracking Reason : Proof, Consequence, and Truth

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Ordinary people grasp when they take something to follow (deductively) from something else. This is the backbone of our self-ascribed ability to reason. This book investigates the connection between that ordinary notion and formal analogues developed by logicians. Despite our apparent grasp of consequence, we have no introspective insight into the rule by which we reason, nor their scope and limits.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195370694
  • 9780195370690
  • 1,323,759

About Jody Azzouni

Jody Azzouni is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He also the author of Deflating Existential Consequence (OUP 2004).show more

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Azzouni has written a lively and provocative book advancing a novel approach to the philosophy of mathematics. Each conclusion is supported by tight argumentation and cannot be easily dismissed. If Azzouni is right, a great deal of contemporary philosophy of mathematics needs to be rethought.Philosophia Mathematica The positions that Azzouni develops here are bold and contentious. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Jody Azzounis book covers a variety of topics in metaphysics, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mathematics. At its core, however, is a radical and original proposal about ontology and how to settle questions of ontological commitment I think it is fair to say that this book is one of the most divisive in the field in recent years. The Philosophical Review "In many ways, Tracking Reason resembles Jody Azzounis previous book, Deflating Existential Consequence. The subject matter of each lies at the interface of metaphysics, logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of language. The style is both entertaining and clear. The positions argued for are so controversial as to sound almost insane. And yet the arguments provided are illuminating, and manage to make the positions seem almost like common sense. The Philosophical Review Tracking Reason introduces exciting new ideas and proposes original and sophisticated solutions to difficult philosophical problems. Any reader interested in the philosophy of logic, language, or mathematics will no doubt benefit from Azzounis careful and detailed development of these views. Mathematical Reviewsshow more

Table of contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION ; PART I. TRUTH ; CONCLUSION TO PART I ; PART II. MATHEMATICAL PROOF ; CONCLUSION TO PART II ; PART III. SEMANTICS AN THE NOTION OF CONSEQUENCE ; INTRODUCTION TO PART II ; CONCLUSION TO PART III ; GENERAL CONCLUSION ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEXshow more

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