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Philosophical Logic (Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy) Hardcover – July 26, 2009
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"This book is interesting and useful. It enables readers to learn much in a short time. . . . It could be valuable for philosophers working in metaphysics and the philosophy of language who are not logic specialists."--Stephen McLeod, Philosophy in Review
"[A] good starting point for exploring philosophical questions about logic, importantly by pondering the reasons for Burgess' sympathies and antipathies."--Paloma Nrez-llzarbe, Mathematical Reviews
"Burgess does an admirable job of giving intuitive explanations of the concepts. . . . This book provides a solid overview of several important fields of philosophical logic. It gives the reader a crash course in a few, select, areas and points the reader in the right direction for more information."--Jared Smith, Plurilogue
"Burgess does an admirable job of giving intuitive explanations of the concepts. . . . The book provides a solid overview of several important fields of philosophical logic. It gives the reader a crash course in a few, select, areas and points the reader in the right direction for more information in a given part of the field. It is not a bad choice for a student interested in what is out there in the philosophical logic field, so long as he or she accepts the dense technicalities."--Jared Smith, Plurilogue
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"Nicely done and very useful for someone who wants a compact and accessible introduction to nonclassical logic."--Kit Fine, New York University
"This book is terrific. It covers the basics of philosophical logic in a lively, interesting, and informative way. Readers do not have to wade through pages and pages of technical material. Instead, they get the basics, and the big picture."--Stewart Shapiro, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
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I also like the fact that Burgess is candid, and amusingly so, about his own commitments, even in obiter dicta on technically tangential issues (e.g., while he admits that "the metaphysical doctrine of temporarily concrete entities" does not bear on logic per se, none the less it is "silly").
The only major defect in my reading experience was the fact that pages 53, 56, 57, and 60 were 'printed' entirely blank in my copy--and in my favorite chapter, no less, on modal logic! My copy was printed in the USA by PUP, so other readers may need to beware this fluke. Or maybe it's just my dumb luck.