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Cogitations : A Study of the Cogito in Relation to the Philosophy of Logic and Language and a Study of Them in Relation to the Cogito - Jerrold J. Katz

Cogitations

A Study of the Cogito in Relation to the Philosophy of Logic and Language and a Study of Them in Relation to the Cogito

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Published: 1st September 1988
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The cogito ergo sum of Descartes is one of the best-known (and simplest) of all philosophical formulations, but ever since it was first propounded it has defied any formal accounting of its validity. How is it that so simple and important an argument has caused such difficulty and such philosophical controversy?
In this pioneering work, Jerrold Katz argues that the problem with the cogito lies where it is least suspected--in a deficiency in the theory of language and logic that Cartesian scholars have brought to the study of the cogito. Katz contends that the laws of traditional logic have distorted Descartes's reasoning so that it no longer fits either Descartes's own account of the cogito in his writings or the role he assigns it in his project. Katz proposes that the cogito can be understood as an example of "analytic entailment," a concept in the philosophy of language whereby a statement can be a formally valid inference without depending on a law of logic. Developing and defending his thesis, he shows us that by grappling with an historical philosophical problem it is possible to make an original contribution to the advance of contemporary philosophy.

"Offers a refreshing new line of approach from the point of view of a distinguished philosopher of language....Katz's book is bold and ambitious, not only in offering a new account of the cogito, but also in presenting his intensionalist semantics and taking on powerful contrary approaches by Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Quine in the process....I hope that its provocative insights...prove an impetus to more scholarship on this high level of sustained seriousness."--Journal of Philosophy "This book would serve well for a seminar on Descartes from an analytic or linguistic point of view. In addition, the thinkers considered by Katz: Locke, Kant, Wittgenstein, Frege, Carnap, and Quine, would definitely contribute to the success of such a course."--Teaching Philosophy "Full of interesting and challenging ideas, presented in a most readable and orderly style and argued for adroitly and fairly."--History and Philosophy of Logic "A fine book....Level-headed, interesting and clear."--Canadian Journal of Philosophy "Challenging, and beautifully written. It makes us rethink the Cogito from yet another point of view, and in the process leads us through an updated version, and powerful defence, of the author's semantic theory."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research "Offers a refreshing new line of approach from the point of view of a distinguished philosopher of language....Katz's book is bold and ambitious, not only in offering a new account of the cogito, but also in presenting his intensionalist semantics and taking on powerful contrary approaches by Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Quine in the process....I hope that its provocative insights...prove an impetus to more scholarship on this high level of sustained seriousness."--Journal of Philosophy "This book would serve well for a seminar on Descartes from an analytic or linguistic point of view. In addition, the thinkers considered by Katz: Locke, Kant, Wittgenstein, Frege, Carnap, and Quine, would definitely contribute to the success of such a course."--Teaching Philosophy "Full of interesting and challenging ideas, presented in a most readable and orderly style and argued for adroitly and fairly."--History and Philosophy of Logic "A fine book....Level-headed, interesting and clear."--Canadian Journal of Philosophy "Challenging, and beautifully written. It makes us rethink the Cogito from yet another point of view, and in the process leads us through an updated version, and powerful defence, of the author's semantic theory."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Introductionp. 3
The Cartesian Scholar's Dilemmap. 11
The Source of the Obscurityp. 23
Logical Form, Universality, Linguisticism, and Lockep. 41
How the Concept Containment Notion of Analyticity was Lostp. 52
Regaining the Concept Containment Notion of Analyticityp. 60
The Analytic Entailment of Existential Sentencesp. 98
The Cogito as an Analytic Entailmentp. 118
Cartesian Scholarship Revisitedp. 131
The Nature of Analysisp. 144
The Cogito and Indubitabilityp. 159
On the Existence of a Thinkerp. 168
A Brief Revisionist History of Analyticityp. 179
Notesp. 186
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780195055504
ISBN-10: 0195055500
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st September 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33