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Beginning Logic [Paperback]

E. J. Lemmon
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June 1, 1978 9780915144501 978-0915144501
The aim of this book is to provide an exposition of elementary formal logic. The course, which is primarily intended for first-year students who have no previous knowledge of the subject, forms a working basis for more advanced reading and is presented in such a way as to be intelligible to the layman. The nature of logic is examined with the gradual introduction of worked samples showing how to distinguish the sound statement from the unsound. Arguments whose soundness cannot be proved by propositional calculus are discussed, and it is shown how formalization can reveal the logical form of arguments. The final section of the book deals with the application of the predicate calculus as applied in various other fields of logic.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (June 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780915144501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915144501
  • ASIN: 0915144506
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent logical system. October 11, 2002
While there is currently a variety of logical systems about, Lemmon's is well balanced and fairly intuitive. His approach is to limit his formal system to a few simple rules. The advantage is that it makes his meta-logic much easier, and the reader can grasp the whole system very quickly. The downside it that the system becomes cumbersome when trying to prove more difficult problems. To help simplify the longer proofs, Lemmon provides a list of already proven theorems, which one can substitute into the proof. His approach is elegant, and in my view, successful. While the text tends to be dense, his liberal use of examples clarifies many of the finer points. Still, the reader does have to work at it so I cannot recommend this text to beginning logic students. Davis' "Introduction to Logic" is much more straightforward, and much simpler. However, for serious students of logic, with a solid analytical background, or a good foundation in mathematics, this text provides a very good logical system.
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3.0 out of 5 stars jumping right in the pool March 14, 2001
I used this book as part of an independent study of logic. It is dense, so unless you are willing to sit down and study it exhaustively or you have an experienced teacher (as I did), start with something lighter. That said, once I gained some knowledge in the area, the book was a pleasure to use, as Lemmon's precise language made it easier to clarify certain points. The largest drawback to this book is that it doesn't have solutions to its exercises, and these methods are not mechanical-you must know or learn how to make intuitive leaps or you will not be able to solve the problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! June 1, 2014
By Seth
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I ordered this book as it was recommended as a textbook for my Logic course at university. From what I have read so far this book has greatly helped me to better understand what my lecturer explains in class and gives a more in depth explanation of all the rules etc. needed in logic. It is also great having some exercises to do along the way throughout the text.

I would recommend this to anyone taking a class in Logic who needs a bit more help or just to be sure that they understand what they're learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic for a reason March 26, 2014
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Lemmon certainly knows logic, and moreover has a fairly accessible writing style. This is not to say you won't be re-reading sections several times, but hey, if logic came easy we'd teach it in kindergarten. Lots of exercise problems offered at the end of every section (no answer key in back, though, you just get to take your best shot at them and see if you get your assumption sets down to what they should be). This is the course text for my Symbolic Logic course, and it's seeing a lot of use.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great for a Beginner November 19, 2010
By Devin
I obtained this book for a college course I am taking, Introduction to Logic. The book is well written and I think it does what it's meant to do, but it does have its flaws.

On the one hand, I believe that the book does a great job of introducing the basic of Logic and all of its symbols and syntax. It makes a great complement to my class. However, it often becomes very heady and can be hard to understand unless you are fully committed and make sure you have a grasp of one topic completely before moving on to the next.

One of my largest complaints about the book is that it provides practice problems with no answers. This means that the problems are basically worthless to me in the sense that even if I feel that I know how to do all the problems in the chapter I have no way of knowing if I truly understand the more complicated subject matter through private study.

I would still recommend this book to anyone who is genuinely interested in the subject AND has a competent mentor/teacher to guide them. If you're going it alone though, it may be a little rough.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellently comprehensive. November 19, 1999
By A Customer
A great book of predicate and simple quantifier logic. VERY complete, includes nice examples in English translation and in logic. It also has practice problems after each section. However, it is dense, and unless you have someone who can help clarify concepts for you, this book can become confusing and difficult. Overall, a very good logic book.
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