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Classical Logic and Its Rabbit-Holes

Classical Logic and Its Rabbit-Holes

A First Course

Nelson P. Lande

November 2013 - 504 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth 978-1-60384-949-4
$79.00
Paper 978-1-60384-948-7
$39.00
Examination 978-1-60384-948-7
$5.00

Quick Overview

"Many students ask, 'What is the point of learning formal logic?' This book gives them the answer. Using the methods of deductive logic, Nelson Lande introduces each new element in exquisite detail, as he takes students through example after example, proof after proof, explaining the thinking behind each concept. Shaded areas and appendices throughout the book provide explanations and justifications that go beyond the main text, challenging those students who wish to delve deeper, and giving instructors the option of confining their course to the basics, or expanding it, when they wish, to more rigorous levels. Lande encourages students to think for themselves, while at the same time providing them with the level of explanation they need to succeed. It is a rigorous approach presented in a style that is informal, engaging, and accessible. Students will come away with a solid understanding of formal logic and why it is not only important, but also interesting and sometimes even fun. It is a text that brings the human element back into the teaching of logic."
     —Hans Halvorson, Princeton University

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"Many students ask, 'What is the point of learning formal logic?' This book gives them the answer.
    "Using the methods of deductive logic, Nelson Lande introduces each new element in exquisite detail, as he takes students through example after example, proof after proof, explaining the thinking behind each concept.
    "Shaded areas and appendices throughout the book provide explanations and justifications that go beyond the main text, challenging those students who wish to delve deeper, and giving instructors the option of confining their course to the basics, or expanding it, when they wish, to more rigorous levels.
    "Lande encourages students to think for themselves, while at the same time providing them with the level of explanation they need to succeed. It is a rigorous approach presented in a style that is informal, engaging, and accessible. Students will come away with a solid understanding of formal logic and why it is not only important, but also interesting and sometimes even fun. It is a text that brings the human element back into the teaching of logic."
     —Hans Halvorson, Princeton University

"Lande is a pedagogical magician, and this is the best logic textbook ever composed. Stylish and delightful, it combines rigor with insight—and humor. It will bring students not only to a deep understanding of the mechanics of logic, but to a love of logic too."
     —Tyron Goldschmidt, Wake Forest University

 

About the Author:

Nelson P. Lande has been a member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1979, where he teaches courses in logic, metalogic, and philosophy of logic.