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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: January 2024
  • Print publication year: 2024
  • Online ISBN: 9781009375283

Book description

What follows from what, and how do we make statements (whether true or false) about which inferences are correct? In this book, Edwin Mares provides a new philosophical, semantical and historical analysis of and justification for the relevant logic of entailment. In the first half of the book he examines some key ideas in the historical development of the logic of entailment, looking in particular at the notion 'is derivable from' and at how symbolic logic has attempted to capture this notion. In the second half of the book he develops his own theory connecting ideas from the traditions in mathematical logic with some ideas in the philosophy of science. The book's fresh and original perspective on the logic of entailment will be valuable for all who want to know more about the historical and philosophical origins of modern symbolic logic.


‘The Logic of Entailment and Its History by Edwin Mares is interesting, erudite, and original. It seamlessly weaves together contemporary research in logic with its history. The result is a novel, accessible take on entailment and its use in our scientific theories.'

Zach Weber - University of Otago


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