The Subject Matter of Logic: Explaining what logic is about

Dissertation, Victoria University of Wellington (2021)
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Logicians disagree about how validity—the very heart of logic—should be understood. Many different formal systems have been born due to this disagreement. This thesis examines how teachers explain the subject matter of logic to students in introductory logic textbooks, and demonstrates the different explanations teachers use. These differences help explain why logicians have different intuitions about validity.

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Elizabeth Olsen
Victoria University of Wellington (PhD)


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