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Clarence Irving Lewis (April 12, 1883 - February 3, 1964) was a pragmatist philosopher. Born Stoneham, Massachusetts, Lewis was educated at Harvard University, studying logic under Josiah Royce, and taught there from 1920 until his retirement in 1953. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pragmatism is a school of philosophy which originated in the United States in the late 1800s. ... A philosopher is a person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy. ... Welcome to Stoneham Massachusetts Stoneham is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Logic (from Classical Greek λόγος (logos), originally meaning the word, or what is spoken, but coming to mean thought or reason) is most often said to be the study of arguments, although the exact definition of logic is a matter of controversy amongst philosophers (see below). ... Josiah Royce (1855-11-20 - 1916-09-14) was an American objective idealist philosopher. ... 1920 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... City Hall - Cambridge MA Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, United States. ...


Alongside his work in epistemology and ethics, Lewis was a supporter of bayesian probability and a pioneer of modal logic. His study of the Principia Mathematica of Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead led him to develop his own alternative system of logic. He was also the first to use the term "qualia" in its generally-agreed upon modern sense. Epistemology, from the Greek words episteme (knowledge) and logos (word/speech) is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, origin and scope of knowledge. ... Ethics is the branch of axiology – one of the four major branches of philosophy, alongside metaphysics, epistemology, and logic – which attempts to understand the nature of morality; to define that which is right from that which is wrong. ... Bayesianism is the philosophical tenet that the mathematical theory of probability applies to the degree of plausibility of a statement. ... Modal logic, or (less commonly) intensional logic is the branch of logic that deals with sentences that are qualified by modalities such as can, could, might, may, must, possibly, and necessarily, and others. ... The Principia Mathematica is a three-volume work on the foundations of mathematics, written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell and published in 1910-1913. ... Bertrand Russell The Right Honourable Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872—2 February 1970), was an influential British mathematician, philosopher, and logician, working mostly in the 20th century. ... Alfred North Whitehead Alfred North Whitehead (February 15, 1861, Ramsgate, Kent, UK – December 30, 1947, Cambridge, MA) was a British-American philosopher, physicist and mathematician who worked in logic, mathematics, philosophy of science and metaphysics. ... This article is about the philosophical concept. ...


His publications include:

  • A Survey of Symbolic Logic (1918)
  • Mind and World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (1929)
  • Symbolic Logic (1932), with C H Langford
  • An Analysis of Knowledge and Valuation (1947)
  • The Ground and Nature of Right (1955)
  • Our Social Inheritance (1957)

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