An Introduction to Logical TheoryPaperback
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- Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 410 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 25mm | 635g
- Publication date: 30 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: Peterborough
- ISBN 10: 1551119935
- ISBN 13: 9781551119939
- Sales rank: 756,760
This book reclaims logic as a branch of philosophy, offering a self-contained and complete introduction to the three traditional systems of classical logic (term, sentence, and predicate logic) and the philosophical issues that surround those systems. The exposition is lucid, clear, and engaging. Practical methods are favored over the traditional, and creative approaches over the merely mechanical. The author's guiding principle is to introduce classical logic in an intellectually honest way, and not to shy away from difficulties and controversies where they arise. Relevant philosophical issues, such as the relation between the meaning and the referent of a proper name, logical versus metaphysical possibility, and the conceptual content of an expression, are discussed throughout. In this way, the book is not only an introduction to the three main systems of classical logic, but also an introduction to the philosophy of classical logic.
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Aladdin M. Yaqub is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University.
"I enjoyed logic when I first encountered it as an undergraduate, but I didn't understand it. I thought it was basically a game in which one moved around meaningless symbols in accordance with made up rules. That was fun, even rather challenging, but what was the point? What I needed was Professor Yaqub's book. In clear, careful prose he explains the real philosophical significance of logic. And he makes clear how the three historically important logical systems set out in the book, term logic, sentential logic, and predicate logic, attempt to deal with the deep issues of reasoning and thought that logic addresses. At the same time he somehow manages to keep the fun part. In fact, the exercises he provides look far more engaging than the ones I remember from my undergraduate days."--G.F. Schueler, University of Delaware