ISBN-10:
1554811848
ISBN-13:
9781554811847
Pub. Date:
11/04/2014
Publisher:
Broadview Press
The Logic of Our Language: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic

The Logic of Our Language: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic

by Rodger L. Jackson, Melanie L. McLeod

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Overview

The Logic of Our Language teaches the practical and everyday application of formal logic. Rather than overwhelming the reader with abstract theory, Jackson and McLeod show how the skills developed through the practice of logic can help us to better understand our own language and reasoning processes.

The authors’ goal is to draw attention to the patterns and logical structures inherent in our spoken and written language by teaching the reader how to translate English sentences into formal symbols. Other logical tools, including truth tables, truth trees, and natural deduction, are then introduced as techniques for examining the properties of symbolized sentences and assessing the validity of arguments. A substantial number of practice questions are offered both within the book itself and as interactive activities on a companion website.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554811847
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rodger L. Jackson is Professor of Philosophy at Richard Stockton College and Melanie L. McLeod is an instructor of philosophy at Richard Stockton College.

Table of Contents

Instructor’s Preface

UNIT ONE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Patterns of Statements
Chapter One: Logic and Languages
Chapter Two: Names and Predicates
Chapter Three: Quantifiers
Chapter Four: Negations and Conjunctions
Chapter Five: Conditionals and Disjunctions
Chapter Six: Biconditionals and Identity
Unit One Review
Unit One: Answers to Selected Problems

UNIT TWO: IS IT TRUE?
Properties and Relations of Statements
Chapter Seven: Connectives and Truth Tables
Chapter Eight: Truth Trees
Chapter Nine: Relationships between Statements
Chapter Ten: Reintroducing Names, Predicates, Quantifiers, and Identity
Unit Two Review
Unit Two: Answers to Selected Problems

UNIT THREE: IS IT VALID?
Patterns and Properties of Arguments
Chapter Eleven: Arguments, Trees, and Tables
Chapter Twelve: Method of Proof
Chapter Thirteen: Proof Rules for Quantifiers
Unit Three Review
Unit Three: Answers to Selected Problems

Postscript: Logic in Real Life

Index

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