I'm interested in philosophical logic and finding references. I know that there are plenty of reference request of philosophical logic. But it seems to me that most of them are about symbolic logic, baby logic or modal logic. But there is not enough about philosophy of logic.

My university course on philosophy of logic uses A.C. Grayling's An introduction to philosophical Logic. And I would like to know what is the most famous book in this area.

  • See this post. Dec 16, 2015 at 19:51
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA I've already seen that post. But it's about preliminary one. It's not what I want
    – Darae-Uri
    Dec 17, 2015 at 1:41
  • Aristotle's formalization of logic and the syllogism was by far the most influential and "famous" work of its kind for nearly 2000 years. It was considered by many to be a virtually "closed topic" nearly until the time of Boole, say, though there was significant medieval critique and advancement both in the Christian and Islamic schools. Jan 29, 2016 at 16:35

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What is the most famous book on philosophical logic?

Leaving aside the issue of the definition of 'philosophical logic', I think that the most famous book about it is the

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

of Wittgenstein. A touch-stone for Analytic philosophers and other kinds of pony-tailed pedants.

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    And leaving aside Aristotle, the dominant and best-known work in logic for nearly 2000 years. Ah, how quickly we moderns forget... Jan 29, 2016 at 16:38
  • @NelsonAlexander And its not a particularly forgettable book... The 2nd line we read is "The world is the totality of facts, not of things.". Monstrous!
    – M. le Fou
    Jan 29, 2016 at 23:37
  • No, I meant Aristotle's logic is the "dominant and best-known"...Tractatus is a work of poetry. Jan 30, 2016 at 1:40

I would recommend two books. (1) An introduction to logic, by H.W.B. Joseph http://www.worldcat.org/title/introduction-to-logic-by-hwb-joseph/oclc/373124 (2) Two Logics: The Conflict between Classical and Neo-Analytic Philosophy by Henry B. Veatch http://www.amazon.com/Two-Logics-Classical-Neo-Analytic-Philosophy/dp/B0006BUTI6

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    Why these books over others? Jan 21, 2016 at 17:36

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