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I found that the Hickey manuals are available on archive.org. Here are the links if you or anyone is interested. The 2nd volume appears to deal with Cosmology along with Psychology, while Vol 1 and 3 deal with Logic and Natural theology respectively


Thank you!

Good post.

There is a nice piece by Feser (link) on Analytical Thomism. I would count myself in that tradition, having been educated at the court of C.J.F. Williams. Williams followed Frege, Geach and Prior, and claimed never to have read any Heidegger. I now reject some of what Williams taught, as you know. (The Fregean Platonistic elements, that is).

I present Boehner’s classification of logic at my website here. ‘As types, we mention the textbooks of Hickey, Esser, Maritain and Gredt’, i.e. manualism. Boehner is fairly contemptuous of the genre.

Here also is my short summary of Joyce’s Principles of Logic, a manualist classic.

PS Thank you to Pablo too.

N.B. A quick glance at the footnotes of the Hickey suggests he owed a lot to his contemporary Joyce.

Both seem to have been converts to Catholicism.

>> It would seem preferable, however;' to avoid the term "symbolic logic", since the use of symbols is not confined to modern logic. It has been in vogue since ancient times. Similarly, it would seem advisable to avoid the name "mathematical logic", at least if we understand by logic precisely that more basic science which underlies mathematics, and for that very reason stops short of mathematics.<<

Boehner is certainly right about 'symbolic logic.' And he makes a reasonable point about 'mathematical logic.' But there is a reason to refer to modern logic as mathematical: One of Frege's great innovations was to employ the function-argument schema of mathematics in the analysis of propositions.

Thus 'Socrates is wise' is understood to involve a propositional function represented by '___ wise' which has the value True for the argument Socrates. Or is the argument 'Socrates'?

Terminology is a bitch!

Have you read Hickey, Ed?

I enjoyed the entry on Joyce. But I think you need 'Schroeder' for 'Schroder.'

>>But I think you need 'Schroeder' for 'Schroder.'

That was early days for the Logic Museum and I never worked out how to do an umlaut. And yes I am aware that 'oe' is a suitable equivalent. I shall fix it sometime.

Just back home and looking at Boehner again.

I haven't read Hickey until now.

>>One of Frege's great innovations was to employ the function-argument schema of mathematics in the analysis of propositions.

A great evil in my view. 'Propositional function' indeed. That is something we could discuss.

Just off to a swanky restaurant for wedding anniversary, so I may not be back for some time.

Order a Boulevardier. A most excellent synaptic lubricant!

A clear proof of the infirmity of reason is that philosophers still cannot agree on the correct logical analysis of 'Socrates is wise.'

Suppose the object Socrates saturates the Fregean concept *man.* Does it follow that S. himself is a constituent of the proposition expressed by 'Socrates is a man'? Can't be. Is it then the sense of 'Socrates' that saturates the concept? But no sense is a man.

Your scholastic theory of predication, though, is just as hopeless.

Our minds are very weak and synaptic lubricants won't help much.

>>Order a Boulevardier. A most excellent synaptic lubricant!

We had a nice Pouilly Fumé, though not cheap. I have been researching the variants of Negroni, however, and may buy the ingredients for Christmas. A barman in Ely showed us a version with vodka instead of gin, and elderflower liqueur instead of vermouth.

On the Frege and the proposition, more later I think.

The classic Negroni: one part gin, one part Campari, one part sweet vermouth.

The trouble with it is the racist name. It means 'I own Negroes.' Order it at your risk.

I think you are pulling my leg. Named after its originator, Pascal Olivier Count de Negroni, who developed it from the Americano (Campari, vermouth, soda).

Of course I am joking!

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