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Palgrave Macmillan

The History and Philosophy of Polish Logic

Essays in Honour of Jan Woleński

ISBN 9781137030900
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series History of Analytic Philosophy

The history of interwar Polish logic, including philosophical logic, is still a relatively little known area, especially if compared with the movement's well-documented contemporaries – the Vienna Circle or the Berlin Circle, for instance. The book aims to address this lacuna, by presenting the state of the art of research into this part of the history of analytic philosophy. It comprises thirteen essays, written by outstanding philosophers and exemplifying different approaches to the history of philosophy. One approach focuses on some little known aspects of Polish philosophy (e.g., Leśniewski's arithmetic, Tarski's geometry, philosophy of mathematics in interwar Krakow), analyzing it in great detail, sometimes by using current formal techniques. Another group of papers looks at the inspiration the Poles got from the founding fathers of analytic philosophy (Frege, Husserl, Wittgenstein), and locates Polish philosophy in the larger landscape of European analytic philosophy. Finally, some contributors pick a topic from the Polish school (sometimes only mentioned, but not developed by the Poles), and construct an alternative account which is then compared with the earlier account. Most of the papers were presented at a symposium celebrating the 70th birthday of Jan Woleński, whose book Logic and Philosophy of the Lvov-Warsaw School has played a substantial role in sparking contemporary interest in Polish analytic philosophy.

Kevin Mulligan is Ordinary Professor of analytic philosophy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His publications are in the areas of analytic metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the history of Austro-German philosophy.
Katarzyna Kijania-Placek is an Assistant Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She has published on consensual criterions of truth and philosophy of language.
Tomasz Placek is a Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland; his expertise is the philosophy of space and time.

Series Editor's Foreword
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The History and Philosophy of Polish Logic: Some Basic Thoughts; K.Mulligan, K.Kijania-Placek and T.Placek
Many Valued Logic in Poland: the Golden Age; A.S.Karpenko
Dependence and Independence of Quantifiers: Truth, Proof and Choice Functions; G. Sandu
Sixty Years of Stable Models; D. Pearce
Wooden Horses and False Friends. On the Logic of Adjectives; M. van der Schaar
Proof, Probability or Plausibility; J. Agassi
Truth Defined and Undefined; J. Hintikka
Against Relative Truth; I. Niniluoto
Truth without Truths? Propositional Attitudes without Propositions? Meaning without Meanings?; W. Künne
Formal Concepts; K. Mulligan
Arithmetic in Leśniewski's Ontology; P. Simons
Leśniewski, Tarski and the Axioms of Mereology; A. Betti,
From Mereology to Boolean Algebra: The Role of Regular Open Sets in Alfred Tarski's Work; I. Loeb
Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic in Cracow Between the Wars; R. Murawski
A Selection of Jan Woleński's Publications
Index of Names

Joseph Agassi, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and York University, Toronto, Canada
Arianna Betti, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University, USA
Alexander Karpenko, Moscow State University, Russia
Wolfgang Künne, University of Hamburg, Germany
Iris Loeb, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Roman Murawski, Poznań University, Poland
Ilkka Niiniluoto, University of Helsinki, Finland
David Pearce, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Gabriel Sandu, University of Helsinki, Finland
Maria van der Schaar, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


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