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Logic: A Very Short Introduction
     

Logic: A Very Short Introduction

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by Graham Priest
 

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ISBN-10: 0192893203

ISBN-13: 9780192893208

Pub. Date: 01/18/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192893208
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/18/2001
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
712,477
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

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

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Logic: A Very Short Introduction 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FLANY More than 1 year ago
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.