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I have worked through some textbooks thus far, but would like to get started reading papers in the field of logic. Can anyone recommend any papers or how I could get started? I found that many papers are simply too difficult for me to read, but I don't want to just do textbooks logic exercises but actually read papers etc.

If you could recommend some academic papers & maybe some Stanford Encyclopedia Articles as background reading, that would be really great! As of now I find modal logic particularly interesting, but I welcome anything that discusses logic in a philosophical context that is somewhat accessible to a beginner (albeit not an absolute beginner).

  • I always recommend 'Aristotle's De Interpretatione: Contradiction and Dialectic' by CWA Whittaker. – PeterJ Sep 10 '17 at 11:15
  • A fascinating paper that is philosophically immensely challenging, but technically relatively elementary is: Popper K, Miller DW. Why Probabilistic Support is not Inductive. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 1987;321(1562):569-591. doi:10.1098/rsta.1987.0033. This paper spawned a great controversy, and on that account could open up a world of additional reading, at various levels of difficulty to suit your taste. – David C. Norris Sep 10 '17 at 15:28
  • @PeterJ Is this a paper or a book? Also, as I understand it this is about the history of logic, i.e. Aristotelean logic? – George Welder Sep 10 '17 at 16:03
  • J.Burgess' Philosophical Logic, W.V.Quine, Philosophy of Logic, D.Jacquette, Logic and How it Gets That Way. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Sep 10 '17 at 16:56
  • See also Penelope Rush (editor), [The Metaphysics of Logic](Penelope Rush (editor)-The Metaphysics of Logic-Cambridge (2014)), Cambridge (2014) – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Sep 10 '17 at 17:02
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The layout of this book is quite appealing - Nicholas J. Smith, Logic: The Laws of Truth (2012, Princeton University Press)

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=oGgZWwA2dIgC

For your reference, here is a link to the author's personal website, with papers - 6th from the top in the right-hand side column, is a paper I am looking at now, for my own interest, called "A theory of propositions" from 2016.

Hope you find something of value in either of these two places.

  • My problem is, that I only ever find textbooks on logic when I google these things, but I am looking for something that discusses logic and goes over the philosophical aspects of logic, albeit an introductory text. – George Welder Sep 12 '17 at 10:36
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A good place to start with the philosophical aspects of logic for beginners/intermediates is Susan Haack, Philosophy of Logics, 1978.

After that, I would start with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles on the particular topics of interest, as others have said.

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