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Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 25, 2012
Pages 192
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780199651733
ISBN-10 0199651736
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $22.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This book is designed to explain the technical ideas that are taken for granted in much contemporary philosophical writing. Notions like "denumerability," "modal scope distinction," "Bayesian conditionalization," and "logical completeness" are usually only elucidated deep within difficult specialist texts. By offering simple explanations that by-pass much irrelevant and boring detail, Philosophical Devices is able to cover a wealth of material that is normally only available to specialists.

The book contains four sections, each of three chapters. The first section is about sets and numbers, starting with the membership relation and ending with the generalized continuum hypothesis. The second is about analyticity, a prioricity, and necessity. The third is about probability, outlining the difference between objective and subjective probability and exploring aspects of conditionalization and correlation. The fourth deals with metalogic, focusing on the contrast between syntax and semantics, and finishing with a sketch of Godel's theorem.

Philosophical Devices will be useful for university students who have got past the foothills of philosophy and are starting to read more widely, but it does not assume any prior expertise. All the issues discussed are intrinsically interesting, and often downright fascinating. It can be read with pleasure and profit by anybody who is curious about the technical infrastructure of contemporary philosophy.


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9780199651726 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $55.00
About: This book is designed to explain the technical ideas that are taken for granted in much contemporary philosophical writing.
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9780199651733 | details & prices | 192 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $22.95
About: This book is designed to explain the technical ideas that are taken for granted in much contemporary philosophical writing.

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