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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262071413 | 464 pp. | 7 x 9 in | September 1992
Paperback | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262571197 | 464 pp. | 7 x 9 in | January 1997

Thinking Things Through

An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements


Thinking Things Through provides a broad, historical, and rigorous introduction to the logical tradition in philosophy and to its contemporary significance. The presentation is centered around three of the most fruitful issues in Western thought: What are proofs, and why do they provide knowledge? How can experience be used to gain knowledge or to alter beliefs in a rational way? What is the nature of mind and of mental events and mental states? In a clear and lively style, Glymour describes these key philosophical problems and traces attempts to solve them, from ancient Greece to the present.

Thinking Things Through reveals the philosophical sources of modern work in logic, the theory of computation, Bayesian statistics, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence, and it connects these subjects with contemporary problems in epistemology and metaphysics. The text is full of examples and problems, and an instructor's manual is available.Clark Glymour is Alumni Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie-Mellon University and Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

About the Author

Clark Glymour is Alumni University Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University and Senior Research Scientist at Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. He is the author of The Mind’s Arrows: Bayes Nets and Graphical Causal Models in Psychology (MIT Press), Galileo in Pittsburgh, and other books.


“"Thinking Things Through is unlike any other textbook I'm acquainted with. In clear, vigorous, accessible prose, the authors serves up a stimulating mixture of philosophical problems, their histories and logical methods for dealing with them, together with applications of those methods to contemporary problems. There are frequent biographical sketches of key figures in these developments, together with arresting anecdotes about the lives of the philosphers, logicians, and scientists involved."”
John F. Post, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
“"Thinking Things Through is a unique kind of introductory textbook in philosophy, original in its conception of philosophy as a relatively formal subject encompassing mainly logic, probability theory, the theory of computation, and artificial intelligence. This is a work that I hope will do great good for the subject."”
Gilbert Harman, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University
“"Clark Glymour has written an introductory text that takes a student from Aristotle to the brink of the 21st century. It emphasizes the real successes of philosophical theory, rather then the fads and fashions. This book will be exciting for students and good for the profession."”
Brian Skyrms, Prof. Philosophy, Director: Focused Research Program in Scientific Explanation
“I have never encountered an introductory text like this one. As far as textbooks go, it is unique. It attempts to present a side of philosophy that has been hidden from the view of all but its practitioners...Glymour's book should make a good many people proud to be philosophers in the twentieth century.”
Douglas Stalker, University of Delaware