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Philosophy Logic

Logic in the Wild

by (author) Patrick Girard

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
May 2024
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    Publish Date
    May 2024
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Is logic a good tool for making decisions? Can it make us better listeners and help us find coherence in views that we disagree with? Is Sherlock Holmes actually good at logic?

Patrick Girard addresses these and other questions by presenting logic as the guardian of coherence. Logic, Girard argues, finds coherence in the patterns of reasoning across science, religion, and everyday decision making. It helps communities engage safely by replacing contentious debates with shared, constructive reasoning – logic provides neutral ground for the healthy pursuit of common goals and interests. Logic in the Wild employs common sense language, eschewing technical jargon, symbols, and equations. Girard’s attention focuses on logic’s power to find what unites the complex and the simple, the abstract and the concrete, the theoretical and the practical.

In treating logic not as a passive subject to learn but as an active discipline to engage with, Logic in the Wild teaches us to identify patterns in our own reasoning, which inevitably helps us better confront questions central to everyday life.

About the author

Patrick Girard is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Auckland.

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Editorial Reviews

Logic in the Wild is a winsome, creative, and thoughtful exploration of the power and limits of logical reasoning, and it provides a significant, accessible introduction to logic for a non-specialist audience.” Greg Restall, University of St Andrews