Alfred Tarski

Alfred Tarski (tär´skē), 1902–, Polish-American mathematician and philosopher, Ph.D. Univ. of Warsaw, 1924. He lectured at Warsaw until 1939, emigrated to the United States, and then taught at the Univ. of California, Berkeley (1942–68). Tarski made extensive, basic contributions to the field of metamathematics, a branch of mathematical logic. His most important contribution to logic is the semantic method, a method that allows a more exacting study of formal scientific languages. His work is characterized by a basic acceptance and free use of the assumptions of set theory. For this reason he is regarded by some as a nominalist. His publications include A Decision Method for Elementary Algebra and Geometry (1948, rev. ed. 1957) and Undecidable Theories (with others, 1953; repr. 1968).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Undecidable Theories
Alfred Tarski.
North-Holland Pub. Co., 1953
Introduction to Logic and to the Methodology of Deductive Sciences
Alfred Tarski; Olaf Helmer-Hirschberg.
Oxford University Press, 1941 (Revised edition)
Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics: Papers from 1923 to 1938
Alfred Tarski; J. H. Woodger.
Clarendon Press, 1956
Meaning and Truth: Essential Readings in Modern Semantics
Jay L. Garfield; Murray Kiteley.
Paragon House, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Part Three "On Tarski"
Understanding Truth
Scott Soames.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Tarski's Definition of Truth" and Chap. 4 "The Significance of Tarski's Theory of Truth"
The Philosophy of Mathematics Today
Matthias Schirn.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Tarski's Thesis and the Ontology of Mathematics"
Conceptions of Truth
Wolfgang Kunne.
Clarendon Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "In and Out of Quotation Marks"
Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought, and Reality
Hans-Johann Glock.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Truth"
Truth and the Absence of Fact
Hartry Field.
Clarendon Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Tarski's Theory of Truth"
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