Some Logical Problems Concerning Existence
J. L. Shaw
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Area: Philosophy of Language
Chapter 1: Formal Definitions of Existence
Chapter 2: Analysis of the Concept of Existence
Chapter 3: Description and Existence
Chapter 4: Subject and Predicate
Chapter 5: Whether Existence is a Predicate
Some Logical Problems Concerning Existence is not only a treatise on philosophical logic or philosophy of language but also contains explanations of concepts which are necessary for understanding other branches of philosophy, especially metaphysics or ontology. It deals with the nature of existential propositions, theories of definite descriptions, and definitions of existence. It also discusses the question of whether existence is a predicate.
The book examines the views of leading philosophers, such as Frege, Russell, Quine and Strawson, and evaluates their achievements and shortcomings. The views of free logicians, such as Leonard and Lambert, have also been discussed and compared with those of classical logicians. It also provides a guide and framework for further research in the area of philosophy of language and logic.
This book will be very useful to students of Western philosophy as well as to professionals in this field for understanding some of the concepts of logic, philosophy of language and metaphysics.