[FOM] Book announcement: Self-Reference
tb at imm.dtu.dk
Tue Jan 2 09:08:45 EST 2007
Below is an announcement of the new anthology Self-Reference, published
by CSLI Publications. It contains a thourough introduction to
self-reference in the first chapter followed by original contributions
from Andrea Cantini, Melvin Fitting, Anil Gupta, Vann Mcgee, Donald
Perlis, Graham Priest, Raymond Smullyan and Stephen Yablo. The paperback
edition costs $27.50.
Self-Reference, CSLI Publications, 2006.
Thomas Bolander, Vincent F. Hendricks and Stig Andur Pedersen, editors.
Here is an anthology of previously unpublished essays on self-reference
from some of the most outstanding scholars in philosophy, mathematics,
and computer science.
This volume is accessible to students and compelling for scholars as it
reexamines the latest theories of self-reference, including those that
attempt to explain and resolve the semantic and set-theoretic paradoxes.
A thorough introduction by the editors sets the stage for original
contributions from Andrea Cantini, Melvin Fitting, Anil Gupta, Vann
McGee, Don Perlis, Graham Priest, Raymond M. Smullyan, and Stephen Yablo.
* * *
For over 2000 years self-reference, in the form of the Liar's Paradox,
was considered a philosophical oddity. In 1902, self-referential
set-theoretic paradoxes triggered a foundational crisis in mathematics.
Since then, self-reference has continued to play a key role in
philosophical and mathematical logic as well as, more recently, in
theoretical computer science. This thought-provoking volume contains a
collection of cutting-edge articles on this important topic.
– Moshe Y. Vardi
This is a book that every logician will want to read. The well-worn
topics of self-reference and the paradoxes have been given new life in
these papers by a distinguished group of logicians.
– Elliot Mendelson
* * *
Thomas Bolander is Assistant Professor of Logic and Computer Science at
the Technical University of Denmark. Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor
of Epistemology, Logic, and Methodology at Roskilde University in
Denmark. Stig Andur Pedersen is Professor of Philosophy and Science
Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark.
ISBN (Paperback): 1575865165
ISBN (Cloth): 1575865157
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