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

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

Samuel Guttenplan

ISBN: 978-1-557-86988-3

May 1997, Wiley-Blackwell

448 pages

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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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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.


"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
* 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.