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The Languages of Logic: An Introduction to Formal Logic, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-55786-988-3
448 pages
May 1997, ©1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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With the same intellectual goals as the first edition, this innovative introductory logic textbook explores the relationship between natural language and logic, motivating the student to acquire skills and techniques of formal logic. This new and revised edition includes substantial additions which make the text even more useful to students and instructors alike. Central to these changes is an Appendix, 'How to Learn Logic', which takes the student through fourteen compact and sharply directed lessons with exercises and answers.
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Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.

1. Thinking.

2. Arguments.

3. Strategy.

4. Primitive.

5. Sentential.

6. Decision.

7. Translating into Sentential.

8. The Strategy Applied and Extended.

9. Deduction.

10. Sentential and the Strategy.

11. Predicate: Part I.

12. Predicate: Part II.

13. Translating into Predicate.

14. Validity.

15. Identity, Problems and Prospects.

16. Modal.

17. Truth.

Appendix 1: How to Learn Logic.

Appendix 2: Truth Trees.

Appendix 3: Alternative Notations.

Answers to Selected Exercises.

Reading List.


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Author Information

Samuel Guttenplan is Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely in the areas of logic, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language and is editor of A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (Blackwell Publishers, 1994).
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The Wiley Advantage

* Equates the study of logic with learning a foreign language therefore providing a simplistic and succinct style.
* Well-organised with useful end of text exercises.
* Lucid and coherent style.
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"The book is truly comprehensive, detailed and lucid throughout; in fact it is one of the friendliest introductions to logic I have ever read." Nimrod Bar-Am, Tel Aviv University
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