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Logic: A Very Short Introduction

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Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the subject, explaining how modern formal logic deals with issues ranging from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability and decision theory. Along the way, the basics of formal logic are explained in simple, non-technical terms, showing ...
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Overview


Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the subject, explaining how modern formal logic deals with issues ranging from the existence of God and the reality of time to paradoxes of probability and decision theory. Along the way, the basics of formal logic are explained in simple, non-technical terms, showing that logic is a powerful and exciting part of modern philosophy.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is terrific... It covers a lot of ground, but in a wonderfully relaxed and interesting way."-Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge and author of Think

"This text is ideal for giving students a quick introduction to formal logic or for adding pizzazz to an otherwise dry logic course."--Glenn Ross, Franklin & Marshall College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192893208
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/18/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 263,403
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Priest is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland. He has also held positions at the University of St Andrews and the University of Western Australia. He is the author of In Contradiction, Beyond the Limits of Thought, and over 100 articles in philosophy books and journals. He has held visiting positions in universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and Brazil, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
1 Validity: What Follows from What? 1
2 Truth Functions - Or Not? 7
3 Names and Quantifiers: Is Nothing Something? 17
4 Descriptions and Existence: Did the Greeks Worship Zeus? 24
5 Self-Reference: What is this Chapter About? 31
6 Necessity and Possibility: What Will be Must be? 38
7 Conditionals: What's in an If? 47
8 The Future and the Past: Is Time Real? 55
9 Identity and Change: Is Anything Ever the Same? 63
10 Vagueness: How do you Stop Sliding down a Slippery Slope? 70
11 Probability: The Strange Case of the Missing Reference Class 78
12 Inverse Probability: You Can't be Indifferent About it! 86
13 Decision Theory: Great Expectations 94
14 A Little History and Some Further Reading 102
Glossary 111
Problems 117
Bibliography 121
General Index 123
Index of Names 127
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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    not recommended

    This book was not what I exspected it was too technical .Iwanted more of a philosophical interpretation, of the history and foundationaldevelopement of logic too much to ask in a small book like this. Therefore 2 stars.

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