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Deduction : Introductory Symbolic Logic

Deduction : Introductory Symbolic Logic - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0631227137

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ISBN13: 978-0631227137
ISBN10: 063122713X
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Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2003
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Deduction : Introductory Symbolic Logic - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631227137

Daniel Bonevac

ISBN13: 978-0631227137
ISBN10: 063122713X
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 03
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Deduction is an efficient and elegant presentation of classical first-order logic. It presents a truth tree system based on the work of Jeffrey, as well as a natural deduction system inspired by that of Kalish and Montague. Both are very natural and easy to learn. The definition of a formula excludes free variables, and the deduction system uses Show lines; the combination allows rules to be stated very simply.

The book's main innovation is its final part, which contains chapters on extensions and revisions of classical logic: modal logic, many-valued logic, fuzzy logic, intuitionistic logic, counterfactuals, deontic logic, common-sense reasoning, and quantified modal logic. These have been areas of great logical and philosophical interest over the past 40 years, but few other textbooks treat them in any depth. Deduction makes these areas accessible to introductory students. All chapters have discussions of the underlying semantics and present both truth tree and deduction systems.

New features in this edition, in addition to truth tree systems for classical and nonclassical logics, include new and simpler rules for modal logic, deontic logic, and counterfactuals; discussions of many-valued, fuzzy, and intuitionistic logics; an introduction to common-sense reasoning (nonmonotonic logic); and extensively reworked problem sets, designed to lead students gradually from easier to more difficult problems. This new edition also features web-based programs that make use of the book's methods. Each program is set up to give students symbolization problems, give them hints, grade their work, and do problems for them.

Author Bio

Bonevac, Daniel : University of Texas at Austin

Daniel Bonevac is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Reduction in the Abstract Sciences (1982), which received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy, as well as The Art and Science of Logic (1990), Simple Logic (1999), and Worldly Wisdom (2001). He also edited Today's Moral Issues (fourth edition, 2002), Understanding Non-Western Philosophy (with Stephen Phillips, 1993), and Beyond the Western Tradition: Readings in Moral and Political Philosophy (with William Boon and Stephen Phillips, 1992).

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Basic Concepts of Logic.
2. Sentences.
3. Truth Trees.
4. Natural Deduction.
5. Quantifiers.
6. Quantified Truth Trees.
7. Quantified Natural Deduction.
8. Identity And Function Symbols.
9. Necessity.
10. Between Truth And Falsehood.
11. Obligation.
12. Counterfactuals.
13. Common Sense Reasoning.
14. Quantifiers And Modality.
Bibliography.
Index.

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