The Rise of Modern Logic: from Leibniz to Frege, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editors: Dov M. Gabbay John Woods
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444516114
eBook ISBN: 9780080532875
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 8th March 2004
Page Count: 780
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Table of Contents

Preface (D.M. Gabbay, J. Woods). List of Contributors. Leibniz's Logic (W. Lenzen). Kant: From General to Transcendental Logic (M. Tiles). Hegel's Logic (J.W. Burbidge). Bolzano as Logician (P. Rusnock, R. George). Husserl's Logic (R. Tieszen). Algebraical Logic 1685-1900 (T. Hailperin). The Algebra of Logic (V.S. Valencia). The Mathematical Turn in Logic (I. Grattan-Guinness). Schröder's Logic (V. Peckhaus). Peirce's Logic (R. Hilpinen). Frege's Logic (P. Sullivan). Index.


With the publication of the present volume, the Handbook of the History of Logic turns its attention to the rise of modern logic. The period covered is 1685-1900, with this volume carving out the territory from Leibniz to Frege. What is striking about this period is the earliness and persistence of what could be called 'the mathematical turn in logic'. Virtually every working logician is aware that, after a centuries-long run, the logic that originated in antiquity came to be displaced by a new approach with a dominantly mathematical character. It is, however, a substantial error to suppose that the mathematization of logic was, in all essentials, Frege's accomplishment or, if not his alone, a development ensuing from the second half of the nineteenth century. The mathematical turn in logic, although given considerable torque by events of the nineteenth century, can with assurance be dated from the final quarter of the seventeenth century in the impressively prescient work of Leibniz. It is true that, in the three hundred year run-up to the Begriffsschrift, one does not see a smoothly continuous evolution of the mathematical turn, but the idea that logic is mathematics, albeit perhaps only the most general part of mathematics, is one that attracted some degree of support throughout the entire period in question. Still, as Alfred North Whitehead once noted, the relationship between mathematics and symbolic logic has been an "uneasy" one, as is the present-day association of mathematics with computing. Some of this unease has a philosophical texture. For example, those who equate mathematics and logic sometimes disagree about the directionality of the purported identity. Frege and Russell made themselves famous by insisting (though for different reasons) that logic was the senior partner. Indeed logicism is the view that mathematics can be re-expressed without relevant loss in a suitably framed symbolic logic. But for a number of thinkers who took an algebraic approac


The Handbook is aimed at senior undergraduate students, graduate students and researchers in Logic, Computer Science, Argumentation Theory and in cognate disciplines such as Cognitive Science and Intellectual History.


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About the Editors

Dov M. Gabbay Editor

Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College London, UK

John Woods Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada