Most human thinking is thoroughly informed by context, but
until very recently theories of reasoning have concentrated on very
abstract and general rules that make no reference to context. For
instance, the accounts of reasoning that are presented in logic
textbooks and that are studied by logicians provide many insights
into mathematical proof, but are difficult to apply to common sense
reasoning. The task of formulating workable, useful definitions of
context and explanations of its role in reasoning has proved to be
remarkably challenging. But a great deal of progress has been made
recently in many different disciplines. This book provides a picture
of this recent work, by leading authors belonging to all the fields
that have contributed to this renaissance in thinking about context.
Paolo Bouquet is associate professor of computer science at the
University of Trento, Italy.
Luciano Serafini conducts research at the Institute for Scientific
and Technological Research in Trento, Italy.
Richmond H. Thomason is the Nelson Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Michigan.