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Logic: The Basics

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‘This is an excellent introduction to logic: it is clear, careful, and concise.  Every student of logic should find it helpful.  What makes the book particularly valuable is the development of paracomplete and paraconsistent logics alongside classical logic. This distinctive approach will deepen students' appreciation and understanding of logic.’ – David Efird, University of York, UK

‘Beall provides a unique and refreshing introduction both to classical logic and to some of the interesting issues that motivate going beyond classical logic. This text contains one of the most accessible introductions to paracomplete and paraconsistent logics available. As such, it fills an important gap in the literature.’ – James R. Beebe, University at Buffalo, USA

'This textbook is superb for a wide range of courses. I am immediately adopting it as the main text for introductory logic as the style is accessible and engaging while the content puts forward philosophical logic as the exciting and creative field that it is. I also have used it as a strongly recommended text for a graduate-level course in non-classical logic. The text is perfect background reading for those who have only had a basic course in logic. While other books simply rush through the formal aspects of non-classical systems, this book motivates them in ways that seem natural to those not already `in the know'.'  - Aaron Cotnoir, NIP, University of Aberdeen

'A pluralist perspective right from the beginning makes Logic: The Basics a special contribution to the universe of introductory logic texts. Beall introduces in a remarkably clear and accessible style the bare bones of classical, paracomplete and paraconsistent logical theory within a common conceptual framework. The book and its exercises are also well suited to self-study for students with some basic knowledge of classical logic who want to learn about alternative logics.' - Georg Brun, ETH Zurich

'A wonderful introduction to classical and nonclassical logics. My students and I appreciated the clarity, rigour, brevity, and breadth - truly a rare combination! Excellent for a one-semester course, or for individuals who have heard that contemporary logic is pluralistic, and want to know more.' - Tim Rogalsky, Canadian Mennonite University

'Beall has achieved a rare combination of lucidity and sophistication. This book is a marvelous introduction to philosophical logic that engages the issues without getting bogged down in formalities. Anyone looking to explore what lies beyond a first course in logic must read this book.' - Colin Caret, University of St Andrews



About the Author

Jc Beall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, USA, where he is Director of the UConn Logic Group. His books include Possibilities and Paradox: An Introduction to Modal and Many-Valued Logic with Bas van Fraassen, Logical Pluralism with Greg Restall, and Spandrels of Truth.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Basics
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415774985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415774987
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,619,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Fulling on January 20, 2013
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This actually makes the abstract subject of logic enjoyable. I look forward to reading through the whole thing. Logic is immanently useful for critical and daily dialogue, and for evaluating information, and for developing well-informed decisions and opinions. Beall keeps it at an engaging level.
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By Campbell Hutcheson on September 21, 2015
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