In a ground-breaking essay Nagel contended that the controversy over impossible numbers influenced the development of modern logic. I maintain that Nagel was correct in outline only. He overlooked the fact that the controversy engendered a new account of reasoning, one in which the concept of a well-made language played a decisive role. Focusing on the new account of reasoning changes the story considerably and reveals important but unnoticed similarities between the development of algebraic logic and quantificational logic.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Studies in History and Philosophy of Science|
|State||Published - Mar 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- History and Philosophy of Science