[FOM] Book on the history of logic?
ianellis at iupui.edu
Tue Feb 15 13:03:35 EST 2011
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> I'm planning to give a small course in the history of logic, with
> special focus on the 20th century. While I am planning to photocopy a
> selection of papers and hand out, it would be really useful to have a
> textbook as well. However, there seems to be very few modern
> textbooks in the history of logic. Kneale & Kneale, for instance,
> write fairly little on 20th century logic, and the other books I have
> found do it even less.
> So, does anyone here have any tips? Or, if not a book, at least some
> lengthier expositions in article form?
> Thanks in advance,
> Staffan Angere
> University of Lund
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The most relevant volumes of Gabbay & Woods' Handbook of the History of
vol. 5: Logic from Russell to Church
if you want to stay strictly within the 20th century, while parts of
other volumes (e..g. on non-classical logics go beyond the early 20th
For 19th century background, the Handbook has:
vol. 3: The Rise of Modern Logic from Leibniz to Frege
vol. 4: British Logic in the Nineteenth Century
The publisher of the Handbook is North-Holland, and the price per
volume would make the work prohibitive for most students.
A more manageable alternative, both from the financial standpoint and
length is Ivor Grattan-Guinness's The Search for Mathematical Roots,
1870-1940: Logics, Set Theories and the Foundations of Mathematics from
Cantor through Gödel,published by Princeton University Press (2000).
It's avaialble in paperback, but has the disadvantage of not going past
the 1930s. For readings, Jean van Heijenoort's From Frege to Gödel: A
Source Book of Mathematical Logic, 1879-1931 is still in print, and
available now in paperback, but it too does not venture far into the
20th century, and fails to give coverage to De Morgan, Boole, Perice,
Schröder, Tarski, et al.
The chronological coverage is much wider in Leila Haaparanta (ed.), The
Development of Modern Logic (Oxford U.P., 2000), which is oriented
towards philosophy rather than mathematics.
The motivation for W.D. Hart's The Evolution of Logic (Cambridge U.P.
2010) is to establish the relevance of mathematical logic for
You also, of course, do what I did for a series of lecture on history
of logic for philosophy graduate students at IUPUI, namely, prepare
written hand-outs or typescripts or postings on your website for
students of your lectures. If nothing else, that ensures that you cover
exactly the material that you want to cover and the time frame that you
want to cover, and at the depth that you want to cover the material.
Irving H. Anellis
Visiting Research Associate
Peirce Edition, Institute for American Thought
902 W. New York St.
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5159
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