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Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic Paperback – September 21, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1444337150 ISBN-10: 1444337157 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444337157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444337150
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweet Reason pulls off the impossible: it provides a fun-to-read but also competent introduction to logic. Students in any discipline will find the text to be an intriguing first course in logical theory. 


J.C. Beall, University of Connecticut and University of Otago


Introductory logic books are a dime a dozen. But this one's different. No, really. With a unique combination of philosophical nous, paradox, humor, and - often provocative - exercises, it teaches the elements of both formal logic and critical reasoning. And it shows logic as a living, breathing, evolving, stimulating, subject. If you don't want to get interested in logic, don't use this book.


Graham Priest, City University of New York Graduate Center


This extraordinary book, refined over the years in a very successful course at Smith College, is unique in scope among introductory logic texts, beginning with critical thinking, moving through a first-rate treatment of standard propositional and predicate logic, and introducing students along the way to a variety of more advanced topics, including modal logic, many-valued logics, set theory, cardinal and ordinal arithmetic, the logic of probability, and the logic of paradox.


John Horty, University of Maryland

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What exactly is "logic," and how does it work in the real world? Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic, 2nd Edition offers an innovative introduction to the field of logic in all its guises - one that integrates formal first order, modal, and nonclassical logic with natural language reasoning, analytical writing, critical thinking, set theory, and the philosophy of logic and mathematics. Designed to entertain as it informs, this nontraditional yet highly effective approach allows for a richer insights and a deeper understanding of the myriad principles of logic. Contemporary applications of logic in fields such as computer science and linguistics are also addressed. To further enhance clarity, a website linked to the text features numerous supplemental exercises and examples, enlightening puzzles and cartoons, and insightful essays on history, philosophy, mathematics, computing, linguistics, and religion. Sweet Reason brings the discipline of logic into sharp focus as a field of inquiry, not just a body of technique.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is, technically, an edited version of the first edition. However, it is a radical change from the original, fixing all of the first edition's problems. It is always clear, always helpful, and always entertaining. Even if I had missed class and had an assignment to do, all I had to do was read the chapter thoroughly and it made sense. My professors told us that in case they didn't make sense, to simply turn to the book. And it worked. When I was in doubt, this book was my lifeline. I cannot explain how much I love this book.
However, if you are not a person who enjoys being challenged and enjoys having to mull a problem over in your head, you should never take a class that uses this book. This book was designed to encourage logical thinking - which it does. This book (and the course that used it) entirely changed the way I think. I see the world differently now - logically.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the required text book of my college so I bought it along with some other logic books. Surprised to see that this one is amazingly good!!!!
It is a combination of traditional symbolic logic and cutting edge topics in the area. I love the style of humor in the book, and the thought-provoking
paradox as well!
Best of its kind~ definitely recommend~!
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