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November 11, 2005

Formal Philosophy

I have become increasingly interested in philosophical work that incorporates various bits and pieces of logic. Thus, it came as a very pleasant surprise when Vincent Hendricks passed on details of the following fascinating looking collection of interviews with a group of eminent philosophical logicians, semanticists etc. I'll reproduce the announcement here for those of you who like to think about formal approaches to philosophy, or philosophical methodology in general. :
Formal Philosophy

Vincent F. Hendricks

John Symons

Interviews with:
Johan van Benthem, Brian F. Chellas, Anne Fagot-Largeault, Melvin Fitting, Dagfinn Føllesdal, Haim Gaifman, Clark Nøren Glymour, Adolf Grünbaum, Susan Haack, Sven Ove Hansson, Jaakko Hintikka, H. Jerome Keisler, Isaac Levi, Ruth Barcan Marcus, Rohit Parikh, Jeff Paris, Gabriel Sandu, Krister Segerberg, Wolfgang Spohn, Patrick Suppes, Timothy Williamson.

Formal Philosophy is a collection of short interviews based on 5 questions presented to some of the most influential and prominent scholars in formal philosophy. We hear their views on formal philosophy, its aim, scope and how their work fits in these respects.

"This is a fabulous collection. Hendricks and Symons have performed an important service to the entire philosophical community. The interviews are not only rewarding in and of themselves but they will help the reader understand what has been going on and has been achieved in the past fifty years. "
--Ernie Lepore, Rutgers, NJ, USA

"Why do you do philosophy that way? Do you believe all philosophy could be done that way? Do you think it should be done that way? These are questions one seldom asks, except perhaps at dinner. Yet there is a lot one could learn from the answers, especially when they come from philosophers who do have a distinguished way of doing their job. Formal Philosophy identifies one such way and collects the answers of its eminent practitioners—not the quick answers one might give over an entrecôte, but the answers one gives when seriously prompted to reflect upon their daily profession. An enticing, provocative, completely novel way of surveying the landscape of contemporary philosophy."
--Achille Varzi, Columbia University, NY, USA

Read extracts of the interviews at
Buy the book from Amazon
Formal Philosophy
by Vincent F. Hendricks & John Symons
Automatic Press / VIP
ISBN 8799101300 (paperback)
ISBN 8799101300 (hardback)
264 pages


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