- Jaakko Hintikka
Jaakko Hintikka (born
January 12 1929) is a Finnish philosopherand logician.
Hintikka was born in
Vantaa. After teaching for a number of years at Florida State University, Stanford, University of Helsinki, and the Academy of Finland, he is currently Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. The prolific author or co-author of over 30 books and over 300 scholarly articles, he has contributed to mathematical logic, philosophical logic, the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, language theory, and the philosophy of science. His works have appeared in over nine languages. For a bibliography, see Auxier and Hahn (2006).
Hintikka is regarded as the founder of formal
epistemic logicand of game semanticsfor logic. Early in his career, he devised a semantics of modal logicessentially analogous to Kripke's frame semantics, and discovered the now widely taught semantic tableau, independently of Evert Willem Beth. In recent decades, he has worked mainly on game semantics, and on independence-friendly logic, known for its " branching quantifiers" which he believes do better justice to our intuitions about quantifiers than does conventional first-order logic. He has done important exegetical work on Aristotle, Kant, Wittgenstein, and Charles Peirce. Hintikka's work can be seen as a continuation of the Anglo-American analytic tendency in philosophy, one founded by Fregeand Bertrand Russell, and continued by Carnap, Willard Van Orman Quine, and his fellow Finn Georg Henrik von Wright.
Hintikka edited the
academic journal" Synthese" from 1962 to 2002, and has been a consultant editor for more than ten journals. He was the first vice-president of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie, the Vice-President of the Institut International de Philosophie(1993–1996), as well as a member of the American Philosophical Association, the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Association for Symbolic Logic, and a member of the governing board of the Philosophy of Science Association. In 2005, he won the Rolf Schock prizein logic and philosophy "for his pioneering contributions to the logical analysis of modal concepts, in particular the concepts of knowledge and belief".
** "Socratic Epistemology; Explorations of Knowledge-Seeking by Questioning" ISBN 9780521616515
** "The Philosophy of Mathematics" ISBN 0-1987-5011-0
** "The Principles of Mathematics Revisited" ISBN 0-521-62498-3
** "Paradigms for Language Theory and Other Essays" ISBN 0-7923-4780-3
** "Lingua Universalis vs Calculus Ratiocinator" ISBN 0-7923-4246-1
** "Inquiry as Inquiry: A Logic of Scientific Discovery" ISBN 0-7923-5477-X
** "Language, Truth and Logic in Mathematics" ISBN 0-7923-4766-8
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half-Truths" ISBN 0-7923-4091-4
** "Analyses of
Aristotle" ISBN 1-4020-2040-6
Logicof Epistemologyand the Epistemology of Logic" ISBN 0-7923-0040-8
**Auxier, R.E., and Hahn, L., eds., 2006. "The Philosophy of Jaakko Hintikka (The Library of Living Philosophers)". Open Court. Includes a complete bibliography of Hintikka's publications. ISBN 0812694627
**Bogdan, Radu, ed., 1987 "Jaakko Hintikka", Kluwer Academic Publishers ISBN 9027724024
Daniel Kolak, 2001 "On Hintikka", Wadsworth ISBN 0-534-58389-X
Daniel Kolakand John Symons, eds., 2004 "Quantifiers, Questions and Quantum Physics: Essays on the Philosophy of Jaakko Hintikka" Springer ISBN 1-4020-3210-2
Willard Van Orman Quine
* [http://www.bu.edu/philo/faculty/hintikka.html Jaakko Hintikka's personal website]
NAME = Hintikka, Jaakko
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SHORT DESCRIPTION = Finnish philosopher, logician
DATE OF BIRTH = January 12, 1929
PLACE OF BIRTH = Vantaa, Finland
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