A History of Formal Logic

A History of Formal Logic

A History of Formal Logic

A History of Formal Logic

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This history of the problems of formal logic, which we believe to be the first comprehensive one, has grown only in small part from the author's own researches. Its writing has been made possible by a small group of logicians and historians of logic, those above all of the schools of Warsaw and Münster. It is the result of their labours that the work chiefly presents, and the author offers them his thanks, especially to the founders Jan Łukasiewicz and Heinrich Scholz.

A whole series of scholars has been exceptionally obliging in giving help with the compilation. Professors E. W. Beth (Amsterdam), Ph. Boehner O.F.M. (St. Bonaventure, N.Y.), A. Church (Princeton), O. Gigon (Bern), D. Ingalls (Harvard), J. Łukasiewicz (Dublin), B. Mates (Berkeley, California), E. Moody (Columbia University, New York), M. Morard O.P. (Fribourg), C. Regamey (Fribourg/Lausanne) and I. Thomas O.P. (Blackfriars, Oxford) have been kind enough to read various parts of the manuscript and communicate to me many valuable remarks, corrections and additions. Thanks to them I have been able to remove various inexactitudes and significantly improve the content. Of course they bear no responsibility for the text in its final state.

The author is further indebted for important references and information to Mlle. M. T. d'Alverny, Reader of the Department of Manuscripts of the BibliothU=00E8que Nationale in Paris, Dr. J. Vajda of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Professors L. Minio-Paluello (Oxford), S. Hulsewé (Leiden), H. Hermes and H. Scholz (Münster i. W.), R. Feys (Louvain) and A. Badawi (Fuad University, Cairo). Dr. A. Menne has been kind enough to read the proofs and make a number of suggestions.

My assistant, Dr. Thomas Räber, has proved a real collaborator throughout. In particular, I could probably not have achieved the translation of the texts into German without his help. He has also been especially helpful in the compilation of the Bibliography and the preparation of the manuscript for press.

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