Logic of Perfection: And Other Essays in Neoclassical Metaphysics

Logic of Perfection: And Other Essays in Neoclassical Metaphysics

Logic of Perfection: And Other Essays in Neoclassical Metaphysics

Logic of Perfection: And Other Essays in Neoclassical Metaphysics

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I feel chiefly indebted, in connection with this study, to my Harvard teachers of many years ago, to some discussions with Rudolf Carnap (who shares very few of my opinions), and to the advice on some logical points given me by Richard M. Martin and Lucio Chiaraviglio. If I knew all that any of the three men mentioned knows about logic, this book would be at least somewhat different. It might be simply a more rigorous statement of essentially the same thoughts. Or . . . I wish I knew I

I also feel deeply grateful to the members of my "Summer Seminar" of 1958 in Kyoto, for their patient and friendly interest, as we met five days a week for four weeks to discuss metaphysics, particularly the dominant theme of the present work. It was during these discussions that some of the key ideas first occurred to me. It is a temptation to mention every professor and advanced student of this group, but I must refer to my very understanding and dear friend, Professor Matao Noda of Kyoto University.

Mention should be made of the kindness of Brand Blanshard, of Yale, in bringing the essay which, slightly revised, forms Chapter Two to the attention of Dr. Eugene Freeman of The Open Court Publishing Company, whose idea it was that the argument of the essay ought to be embedded in a larger context. From this idea, and Dr. Freeman's understanding and encour-

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