The Logic of Preference

  • Nicholas Rescher
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 17)


The founder of the ‘logic of preference’ is the founding father of logic itself, Aristotle.


Versus Versus Versus Good Thing Deontic Logic Philosophical Logic Semantical Approach 
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