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Relevant Logic
A Philosophical Interpretation

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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039253

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  • The defining feature of relevant logic is that it forces the premises of an argument to be really used and thus become "relevant" in deriving its conclusion. This book introduces the reader to relevant logic and provides it with a philosophical interpretation. The logic is analyzed in the context of possible world semantics and situation semantics, which are then applied to provide an understanding of the various logical particles (especially implication and negation) and natural language conditionals. The book concludes by examining various applications of relevant logic.

    • Offers a systematic account of the motivation, key features and applications of relevant logic
    • Although written for a philosophical audience, should also be of interest to mathematical logicians and some computer scientists
    • Contains a useful glossary
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039253
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Relevant Logic and its Semantics:
    1. What is relevant logic and why do we need it?
    2. Possible worlds and beyond
    3. Situating implication
    4. Ontological interlude
    5. Negation
    6. Modality, entailment and quantification
    Part II. Conditionals:
    7. Indicative conditionals
    8. Counterfactuals
    Part III. Inference and its Applications:
    9. The structure of deduction
    10. Disjunctive syllogism
    11. Putting relevant logic to work
    12. Afterword
    Appendix A: the logic R
    Appendix B: Routley-Meyer semantics for R

  • Author

    Edwin D. Mares, Victoria University of Wellington
    Edwin D. Mares is Senior Lecturer at the Philosophy Programme, Victoria University of Wellington. He has published extensively on both the philosophical and mathematical aspects of logic, as well as metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

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