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Thinking about Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic

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Logic deals with the inevitable - those consequences which follow inescapably from a given set of premises. This fact has caused it to be seen as different from other, more self-questioning branches of philosophy. In this book, Stephen Read sets out to rescue logic from its undeserved reputation as an inflexible, dogmatic discipline by demonstrating that its technicalities ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by OUP Oxford (first published October 31st 1994)
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Leo Horovitz
This was somewhat different from what I had expected. I thought it might be an overview of different logics with an accompanying philosophical discussion of their differences and possible justifications. In a way, this is exactly what it is, but not in the form I had anticipated.

For starters, there is almost no symbolic presentation of the different logics in this book, not even for the basic connectives for conjunction, disjunction, implication and so on. They are all presented fairly formally,
I don't think this should be one's first work in this field. I think
On the Philosophy of Logic by Jennifer Fisher would be a better true introduction to the field. If one wishes to go a bit deeper than this might be just the ticket. Two interesting things to note is that He attacks the view that the conditional is properly viewed as truth functional and that sorties arguments show flaws in natural language or that they should be used to defend skeptical conclusions. I think he is successful on
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