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The Philosophy of Logical Mechanism

Essays in Honor of Arthur W. Burks, with his responses

  • Merrilee H. Salmon

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 206)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Critical Essays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frederick Suppe
      Pages 3-27
    3. L. Jonathan Cohen
      Pages 29-40
    4. Manley Thompson
      Pages 65-82
    5. Steven E. Boër
      Pages 99-130
    6. Richard Laing
      Pages 131-144
    7. Andrew Lugg
      Pages 145-158
    8. R. J. Nelson
      Pages 159-177
    9. Edward C. Moore
      Pages 179-190
    10. Soshichi Uchii
      Pages 191-207
    11. R. D. Rosenkrantz
      Pages 233-250
    12. Peter Railton
      Pages 251-283
    13. Brian Skyrms
      Pages 285-319
  3. The Philosophy of Logical Mechanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Arthur W. Burks
      Pages 349-524

About this book


This work is divided into two parts. Part I contains sixteen critical es­ says by prominent philosophers and computer scientists. Their papers offer insightful, well-argued contemporary views of a broad range of topics that lie at the heart of philosophy in the second half of the twen­ tieth century: semantics and ontology, induction, the nature of prob­ ability, the foundations of science, scientific objectivity, the theory of naming, the logic of conditionals, simulation modeling, the relatiOn be­ tween minds and machines, and the nature of rules that guide be­ havior. In this volume honoring Arthur W. Burks, the philosophical breadth of his work is thus manifested in the diverse aspects of that work chosen for discussion and development by the contributors to his Festschrift. Part II consists of a book-length essay by Burks in which he lays out his philosophy of logical mechanism while responding to the papers in Part I. In doing so, he provides a unified and coherent context for the range of problems raised in Part I, and he highlights interesting relationships among the topics that might otherwise have gone un­ noticed. Part II is followed by a bibliography of Burks's published works.


logic objectivity ontology probability science semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Merrilee H. Salmon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Philosophy of Logical Mechanism
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Arthur W. Burks, with his responses
  • Editors M.H. Salmon
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0325-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6933-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-0987-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 552
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Language
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