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Logic & Logical Fallacies

 

Logic is a way of life for me.  No, I'm not Spock.  Logic and emotion do sometimes conflict, but certainly not all the time.  And sometimes logic is necessary to reign in the destructive emotions and instincts that cause harm to myself and others.  And, of course, I enjoy debating, and learning, and making good arguments is essential.

In my philosophy program, my goal will be to take a lot of logic courses.  I took Symbolic Logic (The Logic Book), and hoping to fit the next level logic course into my schedule when they offer it.  Next quarter I finally managed to squeeze in Philosophy of Logic.  In the meantime, how about a paper of mine that refers to logical necessity?

Al-Ghazali: Causality's Black Box: Mathematics and Logical Necessity in Al-Ghazali's Incoherence of the Philosophers.  I wrote this paper for a course on Al-Ghazali (a 11th/12th century Islamic philosopher) in December 2011.  I could probably clarify a few things in it, but generally, it turned out well, and I got an A, together with compliments from the prof (that I wasn't expecting) about it's enjoyability.  If you've never heard of Al-Ghazali, you might want to read his Wikipedia page for context; my take on his position is quite different than the norm.

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Logical Fallacies: Alphabetical Index

What is a fallacy?

Mediaeval Logic and Philosophy

Journal of Symbolic Logic

 

 

 

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