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Tracking Reason: Proof, Consequence, and Truth

Jody Azzouni

Abstract

When ordinary people—mathematicians among them—take something to follow (deductively) from something else, they are exposing the backbone of our self-ascribed ability to reason. This book investigates the connection between that ordinary notion of consequence and the formal analogues invented by logicians. One claim of the book is that, despite our apparent intuitive grasp of consequence, we do not introspect rules by which we reason, nor do we grasp the scope and range of the domain, as it were, of our reasoning. This point is illustrated with a close analysis of a paradigmatic case of ordina ... More

Keywords: reason, consequence, analogues, logicians, reasoning, mathematical proof

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195187137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187137.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jody Azzouni, author
Tufts University
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