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Introductory Modal Logic 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0268011598
ISBN-10: 0268011591
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st edition (May 31, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268011591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268011598
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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A very concise but comprehensive treatment of modal logic (however, I would not recommend it to those who have not first studied elementary propositional and predicate logic). I found it to be both rigorous and accessible. The discussion of how modal logic is affected by various philosophical issues and doctrines make it an interesting read. The author also shows the utility of modal logic as applied to certain philosophical questions/problems. As an introductory text, it accomplishes its goal. However, it does not get five stars for the annoying fact that it does not include answers to the exercises that it has you do. To maximize the utility of any introductory text, I think it is best to include answers for the exercises so that you may check the veracity of your solutions. Overall though, it is a handy little book to have in your library.
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This book is *such* a classic, and I hope it never goes out of print. Although I agree that answers to exercises would be nice, there *are* many examples of proofs worked out in the text, so that you can test your knowledge by mentally reconstructing the proofs (though, I lament, he uses shortcuts on occasion, which is really hard on the first-time ML student (one reason for only four stars)). Hughs and Cresswell use an axiomatic method, which I *vastly* prefer to the natural deduction method used in Konynkyk (which seems at times unintuitive). However, his discussion of the philosophical aspects of modal logic, including the justification of theorems is unparalleled in an introductory text. Please keep in mind that "introductory" is relative. You must be quite familiar with first-order predicate logic to use this book and a slight knowledge of model theory wouldn't hurt either, because he presents three different systems of quantified modal logic and he rejects the first two by giving semantic arguments (yes, it's frustrating to learn a system only to scrap it for philosophical reasons, but it is invaluable for understanding the deeper whats and whyfores of modal logic). HOWEVER, I wish to emphasize that this is such a good introduction to the *phlosophy* of modal logic that you could read the book with little or no logical acumen and still benefit immensely if you are interested in the questions "What is modal logic?" "Why is modal logic controversial?" "Why is modal logic philosophically useful?" It is in this sense, I think, that the text is truly introductory. If you read any of Plantinga's _Nature of Necessity_ and liked it, you will want to read this book to learn more about the system of logic P. uses.Read more ›
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This is a nice summary of the fundamentals of Modal Logic. He does a great job explaining the philosophy behind the concepts and the history of the ideas. But, his explanation of the proofs is scanty at best and he lacks clear examples and illustrations. If you want to understand the philosophy then its solid. If you want to be proficient at the proofs then keep looking. Also, it lacks an answer key which adds to the difficulty of the exercises.
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i only read the first several chapters of this book. i was lookng for an intro text on modal logic and i found this one. this text would be infinitely better if the answers to the exercises were given in the back of the book. it is difficult to tell if one is getting it, if one does not know if one is doing the exercises correctly. because of that i put this one on my shelf and picked up hughes and creswell's book, they have answers to their exercises; they use a diferent notiation but who cares.
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