Deductive Logic: An Introduction to Evaluation Technique and Logical Theory / Edition 2

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Overview

Deductive Logic is designed as an intermediate-level text directed at upper-division students from philosophy and the humanities. Its focus is exclusively on deductive logic, avoiding altogether topics such as informal reasoning and scientific method normally included in introductory logic courses. Its exposition of logical topics is informal, with emphasis on explaining the basic concepts and procedures of modern symbolic logic in the simplest and most intuitive manner possible rather than on developing a rigorous formal system and providing proofs of its properties. The fact that the text presupposes a course offered to philosophy students and serves to introduce them to logic as the "language of philosophy" has strongly influenced the selection of topics. The topics here are controversial, and the problems not easily resolved, but this text strives to relate the formal logical structures introduced to issues of philosophic interest.

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As an introduction to the language of philosophy for the student without a sophisticated mathematical background, this volume emphasizes the basic concepts and procedures of modern symbolic logic rather than proofs. Topics include: sentence, modal imperative, and deontic logic; the predicate calculus; and relations and identity. Applying such techniques to reasoning about everyday behavior remains as controversial as it was when the concept was introduced in the 1973 edition by Clarke. Includes chapter exercises, some advanced topics, and supplementary appendices (e.g. a summary of syntactic rules). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761809227
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

D.S. Clarke is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Richard Behling is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Sentence Logic 13
The Sentence Calculus 53
Predicate Logic: Basic Concepts 95
Decision Procedures for Monadic Predicate Logic 123
The Predicate Calculus 165
Relations and Identity 185
Logical Principles 217
Modal Logic 245
Imperative Logic 279
Deontic Logic 307
App. I The Stroke Connective 331
App. II Summary of Syntactic Rules 332
App. III Summary of Calculus Strategies 338
App. IV Three-Valued and Many-Valued Logics 340
Solutions to Selected Exercises 345
Notes 375
Works Cited 393
Index 399
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