Logic and Language: Second Series

Logic and Language: Second Series

Logic and Language: Second Series

Logic and Language: Second Series

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By A. G. N. Flew

THE success of Logic and Language (First Series) makes it possible to bring out this second and complementary volume. The aim of the former volume was a dual one -- and different from that of similar collections which have appeared lately: both to provide, for the general interested and educated public, an introduction to the recent linguistic developments in philosophy; and to make available in book form, for students and specialists, some of the important articles which previously were only accessible in those libraries which take the philosophical journals. The aim of this second volume is similar: and therefore substantially the same criteria have been used for making the selection. There is no need to explain all these again; this was done in the previous Introduction. But there are four further points to be made now.

First: because this volume was designed to be complementary to the former one, extra weight has been given this time to the claims of those articles which deal with major themes which could not be touched there; and an effort has been made to avoid any overlapping between the two. Thus the papers on 'Universals' (chap. III) and on 'Categories' (chap. IV), as well as the contributions to the philosophy of history (chap. X), of mathematics (chap. XI) and of science (chap. XII), had an additional claim; because none of these subjects had been represented before. On the other hand, as always happens when multiple criteria are involved, other and conflicting claims were sometimes too strong to resist: though F. L. Will (chap. II) does deal with some of the problems of induction, others of which had already been attacked by Paul Edwards (vol. I, chap. IV); still these were for a . . .

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