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ISBN-13: 978-0195080292 ISBN-10: 0195080297 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195080297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195080292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Looks like an attractive text, pitched at an appropriate level and with good exercises. I have adopted it."--A.M. Ungar, SUNY at Albany

"An excellent introduction to elementary logic. Rigorous yet accessible to the superior undergraduate student. The sections on extensions to classical logic are especially appreciated."--Jan A. Smucker, Hanover College

"Of very real value, especially the final chapter on intuitionism and fuzzy logic--long overdue in introductory texts."--Patrick Grim, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Graeme Forbes is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of Attitude Problems (Oxford, 2006), Languages of Possibility (1989), and The Metaphysics of Modality (Oxford, 1985). He has held research fellowships at New College, Oxford, and Edinburgh University, and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at Riverside.

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Your mind just turns off when you see these huge walls of words and explanations that don't make sense to you.
WHK
For example, the exercises which accompany the sections start out too difficult to be any aid in helping the introductory student grasp the techniques.
"a-philosophy-teacher"
On another level, the author seems to eschew a good many things that many other logic courses--at least those I've seen and taken--use in depth.
Hrafn

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "a-philosophy-teacher" on March 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
It is important to be forewarned that this is not a good text for an introductory logic class. I have taught classes using several other texts, and, although they had their flaws, the Forbes' text has flaws that are almost unsurmountable for the typical lower-division college student. The explanations, though creative,are not clear enough, and the flow of topics is out of sorts. For example, the exercises which accompany the sections start out too difficult to be any aid in helping the introductory student grasp the techniques. In short, for upper-division courses or for people who already have a logic background, this is an interesting book and might be worth a look, but it fails miserably as an introductory text.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hrafn on October 17, 2003
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As an accompaniment to the program MacLogic for an upper level course I can see where this book would have a place. Unfortunately my introduction to it was tutoring for an introductory class. The material is well written and organized but far too densely written, particularly for students who have never had a logic class before and are coming from questionable mathematics backgrounds. That there is no index of symbols just makes navigating the text that much more difficult.
On another level, the author seems to eschew a good many things that many other logic courses--at least those I've seen and taken--use in depth. Things like Modus Ponens are barely touched on in favor of "v E" (disjunction elimination). This seems unusual for an introductory textbook in the field, though I am not familiar enough to know for certain.
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As a student using this book in my introductory logic class, I'd say that I see Forbes' sincere attempt to accommodate the reader with clarifications and explanations. Yet, the book is too verbose and technical at some parts. Your mind just turns off when you see these huge walls of words and explanations that don't make sense to you. Also, like one of the customer reviews has said, it's so strange for Forbes to avoid using terms like "Modus Ponens" in favor of terms like -> E (conditional elimination). Even the instructor makes mistakes all the time, confusing E (Elimination) with I (Introduction). Also, Forbes' use of the upper wedge rather than the ampersand (&) is just too confusing and disturbing. I'll burn my book after I get done with it because I'm going to do a great service to everyone by not re-selling it. Just get another textbook.
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