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Pesky Essays on the Logic of Philosophy


Part of the Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning book series (LARI, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Knowledge & Justification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 3-19
    3. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 21-29
    4. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 31-37
    5. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 39-63
  3. Philosophy of Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 73-77
    3. Kenneth G. Lucey
      Pages 83-87
  4. Philosophical Logic

About this book


This collection of essays explores the philosophy of human knowledge from a multitude of perspectives, with a particular emphasis upon the justification component of the classical analysis of knowledge, and with an excursion along the way to explore the role of knowledge in Texas Hold ‘Em poker.

An important theme of the collection is the role of knowledge in religion, including a detailed argument for agnosticism. A number of the essays touch upon issues in philosophical logic, among them a fascinating new counter-example to Modus Ponens. The collection is rounded out with essays on causality and the philosophy of mind.

The author’s perspective on the philosophy of human knowledge is fresh and challenging, as evidenced by essays entitled “On Epistemic Preferability;” “On Being Unjustified;” “The Logic of ‘Unless’” and “Is ‘This sentence is true.’ True?”

An interesting feature of The Logic of Philosophy: Pesky Essays is the inclusion of responses to several of its key essays, contributed by such prominent contemporary philosophers as Roderick Chisholm, Ted Sider and Tomas Kapitan.


Analytic/Synthetic Generalization Argument Defended Kant's Analytic/Synthetic Distinction Logical Form Modus Ponens On Epistemic Preferability Ontological Argument Ontological Parasites Purely Psychological Scales of Epistemic Appraisal The Logic of `Unless' The Testability of the Identity Theory Theism, Necessity and Invalidity What is Knowing? identity theory role of logical arguments

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nevada, RenoCarson CityUSA

About the authors

Kenneth Lucey is Sanford Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno, U.S.A. He is a philosophical generalist with wide interests in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion and philosophical logic.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pesky Essays on the Logic of Philosophy
  • Authors Kenneth G. Lucey
  • Series Title Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning
  • Series Abbreviated Title Log., Argum. Ration.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-08062-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37532-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-08063-5
  • Series ISSN 2214-9120
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-9139
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
    Philosophy of Religion
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