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  • Hardcover: 844 pages
  • Publisher: Saerchinger Press (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443724793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443724791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,667,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Herstein on January 20, 2014
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This review is of the Kindle edition. This is an important distinction to make, since an earlier reviewer evidently examined a *used* book, or a .PDF image of a used version. None of those previous criticism hold in this case. This is a full-blown kindle version, not an image of a book, so there are no marginalia from a previous used edition.

That said, this is an excellent Kindle version of one of the most important contributions to the philosophy of logic in the past 100 years. It is important to note the distinction here between a "logic text," which this is not, and an inquiry into the "meta-theory of logic," or "the philosophy of logic," which this most assuredly is. Dewey is *NOT* investigating questions such as, "How do I prove X from such and such a collection of premises?" Rather, he is asking things like, "What is logic?" "How does logic emerge from other activities?" "What licenses logic as a standard of rationality?" and so on.

Dewey was notorious for his general disregard of -- if not out right disdain for -- the merely formal methods of his day, and the sop he tosses out in that direction in the form of Chapter XVII will not satisfy anyone looking for a treatise on symbolic techniques. (For anyone with such an interest, there are innumerable books to be had on the subject, many of them reasonably good, and even a few of these can be had for free as they exist as downloadable .PDF's available under Creative Commons licenses.)

Rather, this book should be viewed as an answer to the question why we should learn these formal methods in the first place. This is actually a pressing issue, not only for the undergrads shoe-horned into an intro class, but for the professors that teach those classes as well.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Kuhn on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't plan to buy this edition of the Logic, because when I used "look inside this book" I found that the page images showed handwritten markings by an earlier reader. When I buy *used* books I insist that they be in "very good" condition, which means no page markings. I certainly don't expect new and somewhat costly books to contain markings. I fear that with things like Googlebooks we will increasingly face this problem. Caveat Emptor!
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