Thinking Things Through: An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements (Bradford Books)

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Thinking Things Through provides a broad, historical, and rigorous introduction to the logical tradition in philosophy and to its contemporary significance. The presentation is centered around three of the most fruitful issues in Western thought: What are proofs, and why do they provide knowledge? How can experience be used to gain knowledge or to alter beliefs in a rational way? What is the nature of mind and of mental events and mental states? In a clear and lively style, Glymour describes these key philosophical problems and traces attempts to solve them, from ancient Greece to the present.

Thinking Things Through reveals the philosophical sources of modern work in logic, the theory of computation, Bayesian statistics, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence, and it connects these subjects with contemporary problems in epistemology and metaphysics. The text is full of examples and problems, and an instructor's manual is available.

Clark Glymour is Alumni Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University and Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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From the criticisms commonly leveled at philosophy, one would think it were a top--all that going around and around and never really getting anywhere. Clark Glymour introduces philosophical theories that actually lead somewhere. He begins with the Greeks and ends with cutting edge computational theory, demonstrating the contributions of philosophy in such areas of logic, decision theory, computation, scientific method, and the mind. A word of warning, however: although Glymour excels at organizing and presenting ideas, he pulls no punches when it comes to the inherent complexity of some theories. He is a mathematician's philosopher. Designed as a textbook but worthy of a broader audience, each section of this book ends with an excellent bibliography so that curious readers can explore further.

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Clark Glymour is Senior Research Scientist at IHMC and Alumni University Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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