- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company (September 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872206602
- ISBN-13: 978-0872206601
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Warren Goldfarb's long-awaited Deductive Logic is an unusually perspicuous and effective logic textbook. It succeeds in achieving great precision without seeming pedantic and great depth without compromising accessibility. One main advantage of this book relative to its competitors is the lucidity with which it explains, in ways that even beginners can fully appreciate, the rapport between semantic and syntactic captures of logical consequence. Another marked advantage is the book's emphasis on deduction and its insistence on motivating the various clauses of the rules of deduction by showing, for example, what would ensue had these clauses been flouted. In this, Deductive Logic fills a real lacuna in logic-instruction and avoids the common pedagogical pitfalls of instruction via the tree method, where students find it rather mysterious why and how the method really works. The book is written in a clear and lively style and contains numerous exercises of varying degrees of difficulty. It is ideally suited for students in philosophy and computer science. --Ori Simchen, University of British Columbia
This is the finest introduction to logic available. --John Symons, University of Texas, El Paso
About the Author
Warren Goldfarb is Walter Beverly Pearson Professor of Modern Mathematics and Mathematical Logic, and Professor of Philosophy, at Harvard University.
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There's a cliche that a liberal arts education teaches you "how to think." I'm not sure what that's generally supposed to mean, but if there's any class that improved my ability to process information, construct strong arguments, and think critically, this was it. I wish Professor Goldfarb's class had been a Harvard requirement.
The class followed this textbook closely. The book is concise, rigorous, and well-written. I admit that I'm biased, but I've looked at a few other logic texts, and I have yet to find one that matches the elegance and clarity of this one. Professor Goldfarb, his class, and this book receive my highest recommendation.
Looking at the other reviews of this text, I can only conclude that (1) someone's paying them or (2) they don't know a damn thing about logic. This textbook is, quite frankly, an insult to the subject.