Pesky Essays on the Logic of Philosophy

argumentation, logic, philosophyThis 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 “On Being Purely Psychological”.

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.

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Click the URLs below to access the abstracts for each chapter:

Essay #1: What Is Knowing?

Essay #2: Scales of Epistemic Appraisal

Essay #3: On Epistemic Preferability

Essay #4: On Being Unjustified

Essay #5: “I Should Have Known It!” Gilbert Ryle and Poker Knowledge

Essay #6: An Agnostic Argument

“Lucey’s Agnosticism: The Believer’s Reply” by Tomis Kapitan

Essay #7: Theism, Necessity and Invalidity

Essay #8: Logical Form and the Ontological Argument

Essay #9: Kant’s Analytic/Synthetic Distinction

Essay #10: A New Counter-Example to Modus Ponens

Comments on Lucey’s “An Invalid Instance of Modus Ponens” by Ted Sider

Essay #11: The Ancestral Relation Without Classes

Essay #12: Laws of Excluded Middle and a Temporal Dilemma

Essay #13: The Logic of ‘Unless’

Essay #14: Frankfurt on Why We Care About Truth: The Worlds of the Two Harrys

Essay #15: An Analysis of Causal Contribution (with co-authored Carol A. Lucey)

Essay #16: The Testability of the Identity Theory

Essay #17: On Being Purely Psychological

“Comments on Lucey’s Paper” by Roderick M. Chisholm (April 16, 1984)

Essay #18: On Ontological Parasites: Are Persons Entia Per Se?

Essay #19: Is There a Set of All Truths?

Essay #20: The Generalization Argument Defended

Essay #21: Taxonomies & Teaching

Essay #22: Rudolf Carnap on False Propositions & Specificity


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