Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences : Essays in Honor of Nuel Belnap

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The essays in this collection are written by students, colleagues, and friends of Nuel Belnap to honor him on his sixtieth birthday. Our original plan was to include pieces from fonner students only, but we have deviated from this ever so slightly for a variety of personal and practical reasons. Belnap's research accomplishments are numerous and well known: He has founded (together with Alan Ross Anderson) a whole branch of logic known as "relevance logic." He has made contributions of fundamental importance to the logic of questions. His work in modal logic, fonnal pragmatics, and the theory of truth has been highly influential. And the list goes on. Belnap's accomplishments as a teacher are also distinguished and well known but, by virtue of the essential privacy of the teaching relationship, not so well understood. We would like to reflect a little on what makes him such an outstanding teacher.
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  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 23.88mm | 754g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1990 ed.
  • 396 p.
  • 0792309200
  • 9780792309208

Table of contents

On Two Deflationary Truth Theories.- Some Reflections On The Prosentential Theory of Truth.- Paradox and Reference.- Two Theorems concerning Stability.- The Complexity of Decision Procedures in Relevance Logic.- Relevant Predication 3: Essential Properties.- The Dog: Relevance and Rationality.- Consistency and Logical Consequence.- On What Cannot Be.- Durations: Temporal Intervals with Gaps and Undetermined Edges.- Categorical Semantics.- The Myth of the Intuitionistic "Or".- What Mathematical Truth Need Not Be.- A Tour of the Multivariate Lambda Calculus.- Choice Trees.- The Extensional but Hyper-Intensional Calculus C? with Orderless Constants and Variables.- A Skeptical Theory of Mixed Inheritance.- The Logic of Mitchill v. Lath.- What are Absolute Probabilities a Function of?.- How Prediction Enhances Confirmation.- Figures in a Probability Landscape.- Nuel Belnap: Curriculum Vitae.- Nuel Belnap: Doctoral Students.- Nuel Belnap: Publications.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
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