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Thinking About Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0192892386
ISBN-10: 019289238X
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"...intelligent, informed, and provocative.....this is a worthy book. I hope it is found by its appropriate audience."--Teaching Philosophy


"Highly recommended."--Choice


About the Author

Stephen Read is Head, School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019289238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192892386
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Greg Restall on January 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Stephen Read is a great philosopher and logician, and he shows in this book that logic is philosophically <em>alive</em>. There's lots of insight in this book, and it's an ideal companion for anyone who is learning logic at a university level and who has a niggling feeling that not everything is as clear-cut as it's sometimes taught.
The book is wide ranging, with excellent chapters on conditionality, truth, vagueness, names and non-referring terms. My upper level logic students love it, and my intro students use it to see where logic can take them and why it's such an interesting field. Read it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2001
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I checked this book out of the library to do a basic review of intuitionistic vs. classical logic. It was so readable and so useful, I had to buy a copy of my own. Undergrad students often balk at some of the assumptions they meet in introductory logic classes. What, for instance, is the rationale behind the truth values for material implication? Why is every proposition either true or false? Why can we reason from a double-negation to the affirmative? If you are familiar with classical logic already, this book is an extremely accessible introduction to long-standing debates among professional logicians.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur L. Fisher on December 11, 1999
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This book is one of the best I have read on the philosophy of logic. The best chapters are 1, 2, and 3 on truth, logical consequence, and conditionals. The author espouses moderate realism, a commonsense approach. He reviews the existing scholarship on topics before proffering his own well-reasoned opinions.
Most modern basic logic texts go off a cliff in accepting bizarre definitions of validity and truth conditons for conditional propositions. Most explain that conditional propositions can be treated as truth functional material conditionals. Read corrects these errors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis D. Buchholz on October 26, 2010
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I have only recently run across this little introduction to the philosophy of logic. Read raises and discusses many of the problems that professional logicians argue about. His language is accurate and precise. One needs to have at least an elementary introduction to logic to comprehend what he is saying. I believe those who have given the book low reviews have mistakenly believed that this is an introduction to Logic. It is an Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic, a much more abstract and foundational subject.

Read discusses excellently the relationship of ordinary language and logic, the concepts of truth, logical consequence, possible worlds, paradoxes, sorites, relevance, etc. He surveys problems with Conditionals, Constructivism, etc. And he is obviously knowledgable on all of these areas. At the end of each chapter he has a few pages of anotated bibliography referring the reader to the best sources and discussions of the issue.

I am recommending this book as supplemental reading to my logic students. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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