Logic: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Oct 2, 2017 - Mathematics - 156 pages
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.

In this new edition Graham Priest expands his discussion to cover the subjects of algorithms and axioms, and proofs in mathematics.

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Contents

Validity what follows from what?
1
Truth functionsor not?
7
Names and quantifiers is nothing something?
17
Descriptions and existencedid the Greeks worship Zeus?
24
Selfreference what is this chapter about?
30
Necessity and possibility what will be must be?
37
Conditionals whats in an if ?
45
The future and the past is time real?
53
Maybe it is truebut you cant prove it
110
A little history and some further reading
119
Glossary
127
Problems
133
Problem solutions
137
Bibliography
149
General index
151
Index of names
155

Identity and change is anything ever the same?
61
Vagueness how do you stop sliding down a slippery slope?
68
Probability the strange case of the missing reference class
76
Inverse probability you cant be indifferent about it
84
Decision theory great expectations
92
Halt What goes there?
100
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157
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158
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159
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160
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Graham Priest is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a regular visitor at the University of Melbourne (where he was Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy), and at St. Andrews University. His books include Doubt Truth to be a Liar (OUP, 2008), One (OUP, 2014), and Towards Non-Being (2nd ed. OUP, 2016),

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