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Philosophical Logic (Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy) Hardcover – July 26, 2009


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  • Series: Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691137897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691137896
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Burgess has managed to pack an amazing amount of good material into this short monograph, and it can be confidently recommended to any philosopher who wishes to go beyond an introductory logic course and venture into the wilds of philosophical logic. The technical details are of necessity sketchy, but the author provides the reader with helpful lists for further reading at the end of each chapter, as well as a good bibliography. This is an excellent little book, and deserves wide success."--Alasdair Urquhart, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews



"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

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliot B. Bougis on September 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The amount of information in this book about the whole range of modern logic, considered in relation to its total number of pages, it startlingly abundant. A perusal of the contents will show this. Moreover, there is a "ton" of technical nomenclature and symbolism in the book, so it's hardly "logic for dummies." A book of similar density is Halbach's _The Logic Manual_. Another compliment, that. I admit my eeyes wanted to glaze over and skim some parts of the models proofs of various axioms, but the fact that the details are there, and, moreover that the "exercises for the reader" are available on the author's website, make this book a very prolific resource.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By otherwise on January 19, 2011
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Great book for someone who has already studied sentence and predicate logic and wants a taste of what else is out there. Burgess is a gifted writer.
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1 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Bennett on February 4, 2010
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Book did not come with the light blue cover; don't recall reading in the product description that the cover was not included. Otherwise, no problems.
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0 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Isbell on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for its in depth discussion of wallaby logic and it completely satisfied me! A must buy for any enquirers of wallaby logic!
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