Soft Logic is a fascinating study that links scientific and mathematical reasoning to literature and the arts. In this work, Joseph Grunfeld argues that justification by resemblance is more common in science than is generally recognized. That is, symbolic and metaphorical modes of thinking, which are largely analogical, often play a significant role in the interpretation of formal systems. Noting that twentieth century non-Aristotelian forms of reasoning have greatly expanded our understanding of what constitutes logic, Grunfeld explores a wide range of relevant topics, including reasonableness, metaphor, deconstruction, postmodernism, aesthetics, art, and philosophy. In the process, he identifies the postmodernist implications of modern logic and develops how they may be applied to both science and art. Scholars of philosophy, aesthetics, and art will find this comprehensive and insightful work thought provoking.
Joseph Grunfeld is a Professor at Drexel University, Pennsylvania.
chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Smart Machines chapter 3 Fuzzy Logic chapter 4 Chaos chapter 5 The Rationality of Science chapter 6 Limits of Language chapter 7 Gadamer's Hermeneutics chapter 8 Hermeneutical Understanding chapter 9 Ricoeur's Conflict of Interpretations chapter 10 Quine's Soft Empiricism chapter 11 Feyerabend's Flight from Reason chapter 12 Polanyi's Tacit Knowledge chapter 13 Goodman's World Pluralism chapter 14 The Logic of Metaphor chapter 15 Truth in Metaphor chapter 16 Kittay's Theory of Metaphor chapter 17 Hausman's Metaphorical Realism chapter 18 Deconstructing Deconstruction chapter 19 Paradoxes of Reflexivity chapter 20 Derrida's Deconstruction chapter 21 Derridean Displacement chapter 22 Limits of Deconstruction chapter 23 Prerational Power Play chapter 24 Postmodernist Discoveries chapter 25 The Crisis of Modernity chapter 26 Postmodernist Dimensions chapter 27 Postmodern Aesthetics chapter 28 Gadamer's Aesthetics chapter 29 Virtue and Taste chapter 30 Scharfstein's Aesthetic Universal chapter 31 Defining Art chapter 32 Art and Progress chapter 33 Art and Alienation chapter 34 Understanding Art chapter 35 Understanding the World Through Art chapter 36 Knowledge Through Art chapter 37 Art, Interpretation, and Reality chapter 38 The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art chapter 39 Danto on the End of Art chapter 40 Iconology chapter 41 Rorty's Pragmatism chapter 42 Limits of Philosophy chapter 43 Philosophy's Future chapter 44 Index