Logic: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Oct 12, 2000 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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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.
 

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Review: Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #29)

User Review  - Dahn Jahn - Goodreads

A fair introduction, goes for breadth rather than depth, but still attempts to be quite rigorous and accurate. This may confuse many, especially those who are not used to the process of reading a ... Read full review

Review: Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #29)

User Review  - Mike Jart - Goodreads

very very very hard to understand at times, but it's logic so it's not like I'm surprised. The few "concrete" examples there were were very illuminating, and Priest just has a pleasant writing style in general. Read full review

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Contents

Validity What Follows from What?
1
Truth Functions Or Not?
7
Names and Quantifiers Is Nothing Something?
17
Descriptions and Existence Did the Greeks Worship Zeus?
24
SelfReference What is this Chapter About?
31
Necessity and Possibility What Will be Must be?
38
Conditionals Whats in an If?
47
The Future and the Past Is Time Real?
55
Probability The Strange Case of the Missing Reference Class
78
Inverse Probability You cant be Indifferent About it
86
Great Expectations
94
A Little History and Some Further Reading
102
Glossary
111
Problems
117
Bibliography
121
General Index
123

Identity and Change Is Anything Ever the Same?
63
Vagueness How do you Stop Sliding down a Slippery Slope?
70
Index of Names
127
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