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Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #29)

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Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the subject, explaining how modern formal logic deals with issues ranging from the existence of God and the reality of time to pa ...more
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Published January 18th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 18th 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Logic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #29), Graham Priest
Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is.
عنوانها: منطق (مختصر مفید)؛ درآمدی به منطق؛ نویسنده: گراهام پریست؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نهم ماه مارس سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: درآمدی به منطق؛ نویسنده: گراهام پریست؛ مترجم: امیر دیوانی؛ قم، دانشگاه علوم انسانی مفید، موسسه
از شیرین ترین خاطرات دوران تحصیلم، کلاس های منطق بودن. استادی که تدریس می کرد به قدری خوب تدریس می کرد و به جای جواب مستقیم دادن مدام معمّا توی ذهن مون ایجاد می کرد و مدام بر می گشت از ابتدا و معمّاها رو حل می کرد و معمّاهای بیشتری جایگزین شون می کرد، که منطق تا مدّت ها درس مورد علاقه م بود. چند سال بعد همچنان با یکی دو تا از بچه هایی که علاقه مند بودن نوارهای درس استادمون رو مجدد گوش می کردیم و یادداشت بر می داشتیم و با هم راجع بهش بحث می کردیم.
همۀ این ها زیر غبار سالیان فراموش شد.
تا این که به
Melika Khoshnezhad
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
خوبیه این کتاب این بود که از عنوانش کاملا مشخص بود که با چه چیزی روبه رو خواهی شد. هر فصل این کتاب توضیح مختصری بود درباره ی یکی از مسائلی که منطق باهاش سر و کار داره و جذابیتش این بود که برخلاف کتاب های منطق دیگری که باهاشون رو به رو شده بودم، مسائل رو با مثال های عینی و خیلی جذابی توضیح داده بود. شاید اگه این مثال های خیلی خوبش نبودن مثل کتاب های منطق دیگری که شروع کردم و نصفه نیمه رهاشون کردم وسط کار بی خیال خوندنش می شدم. درسته که چون دانش کافی ندارم فرم صوری استدلال ها را به خوبی نمی فهمیدم ...more
Amir The Fat Bookworm
Not bad at all. It's not an easy read though. You should read it carefully.

second read: I tried everything possible so that I have a better reading experience. However, the author skips on explaining many of the basic steps that an unfamiliar reader needs to know in in order to understand them. That makes it a very hard read because you have to infer more things about what author means than what their content requires.
Alfaniel Aldavan
This is Paul Bryant's deleted review. According to the email from GR, it was off-topic.

I have flagged this one myself, when it was in Paul's review space. With some over-pretentious ironic or stupid message, I don't remember which.

GR Headquarters might have missed the ironic part. Unless they didn't, but never found it other than serious in the first place. I can't figure out which is more unfortunate.

I guess it's only fair from my part to salvage the content. Here it goes.

PS: There's a funnier
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
طرح بحث و صورت بندی خیلی خوبی از تعدادی سرفصل های مهم در منطق داره
به ویژه صورت بندی سمبلیک از برهان شرط بندی پاسکال و نقشه ی شیطانی ِ "کار فردا را به امروز مفکن!" برایم جالب بود
Amin Dorosti
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: logic
درباب کتاب درآمدی به منطق

این کتاب را سالها پیش مطالعه کردم و متاسفانه محتوای دقیق آن را به خاطر ندارم و خودِ کتاب را هم نتوانستم دوباره پیدا کنم. با این حال به یاد دارم که کتاب بسیار خوب و خواندنی بود و برای آشنایی با منطق بسیار راهگشا بود. از ویژگیهای مهم این کتاب این است که در آن نویسنده نمونههای خلاقانه و جالبی از کاربردهای روزمره منطق در زندگی و نیز در حل مسائل علمی و فلسفی را در هر فصل و هر بخش آورده است. این کار از یکسو به خواننده نشان میدهد که منطق صرفا بحثهایی خشک و خستهکننده نیست، بلکه
[the interesting words are in the comments]

I liked this book very much. It has good qualities.
I wholeheartedly recommend that you immediately spend your dollarpounds on this product.
Why not buy two and give one to a friend?

This review was about a book, not an author.

Heather Pagano
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
Read with my husband who has a strong background in math, physics, computer science. I can't count the number of times he paused in the reading to say: "okay, he didn't explain that very well," only to follow with a brief explanation or example that made all clear. Although I was familiar with basic logic (truth tables, modus ponens, etc.) things like modal logic and fuzzy logic were completely new concepts to me. I did get a basic overview and very rudimentary understanding of those fields, but ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a decent book, but the audience is really limited. I would recommend it to an undergraduate studying philosophy, but not to someone just interested in getting some basic familiarity with logic. Some of the chapters would help to that end, but others are largely designed to tackle certain philosophical problems or arguments using the tools that logicians have given us over the centuries. And I suspect that a much clearer (i.e. more understandable) explanation of most of that stuff can be ...more
Mardin Uzeri
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Logic, along with ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics, is commonly considered to be among the main branches of philosophy. Any systematic approach to learn philosophy should encompass a solid foundation building in logic. Philosophy is a fundamental component to all areas of human inquiry while logic is the fundamental basis on which philosophy itself operates.

This book is dense, Priest hasn't wasted any words. Lose the thread and you suddenly find yourself in need of rehearsing the entire cha
Mike W
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy

This is a pretty good introduction to logic. It explains the subject clearly and concisely. And it uses some interesting examples. The explanation of the fallacy in St. Anselm's subtle, but ultimately sophistical, "proof" of God's existence, is a model of careful reasoning and explanation. But the book has some flaws.

First, it focuses on modern symbolic logic, which would be valuable for technical specialists, but not for the intelligent laymen the "Very Short Introduction" series is aimed at.
C is for **censored**
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed

The star rating given reflects my opinion within ‘the official goodreads rating system’.

1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing

I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.

Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my books, in my library and I don’t ‘owe’ any special snowfla
Filipe Dias
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Actually I did not understand most of it.
I'm a complete beginner, so I thought an "introduction" would be the entering point to this topic, not so much with this book.
I guess the book is well written and concise, but as an introduction it jumps way too fast to understand or find relevance in the material being discussed, like starting in English and then jump to Chinese.
Maybe I'll get a different one on the subject and then read this again to understand how and why it's presented as it is.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy, logic
I think Logic can be introduced more elegant, more straightforward, and even more accurate than this. I found certain chapters very basic and at times borderline inaccurate and towards the end it just turned into a Theology book which I really didn't appreciate especially considering the author's shallow understanding of theology. There are so many better logic books out there.
N.J. Ramsden
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm no expert on either general philosophy or logic, so can only base my review on limited experience and how it feels to read this as an interested beginner. I'll keep it short as there's not much to say, in that like Craig's "Philosophy" VSI, it has a very small remit, gets in there, does the small job it sets out to do, and gets out with minimum fuss. It felt tightly written, pretty well focussed, and left very few unanswered questions in my post-read mind – unlike some books that either pres ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I enjoyed this book a lot, and enjoyed trying to work out the problems myself. I remember less high school mathematics than I did at my final exam - and that was not a lot either - but at least reasoning things out seems to help with logic! Despite enjoying this book, I think Priest isn't as lucid as he should be in the later chapters once numeric values and algebra start featuring more prominently. Perhaps this book bit off a little more than it could chew? Still, a stimulating little book. Log ...more
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who have taken a logic course.
This is a very good book, but it is not an introduction to logic. It really does introduce all the interesting topics that one ought to be introduced to in logic. However the main focus of the book seems to be a demonstration of the problems with contemporary logic. Graham Priest definitely has an agenda, and he certainly wants to argue for the acceptance of his own paraconsistent logic. There is a lot to recommend it. Each chapter tries to illustrate a rather interesting philosophical point, th ...more
David Haines
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting resume of logic. He spends most of the book looking at important philosophical issues and explaining logical principles through his examination of the philosophical issues. The arguments about God that he touches on are essentially straw men created for the purpose of teaching logic. Unfortunately this gives the reader the impression that all arguments from God are faulty.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Lived up to it's name: It was very short, and it did a nice job of introducing a very broad range of topics concerning logic. The bibliography seems good, and I'll be using it to further my study of the subject.
Fateme  Ghasemi
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
برای اینکه آدم توی پیچیدگی های فرمال منطق گم نشه و بعد از یه کم منطق خوندن ایده اصلی رو از دست نده خیلی خوبه.
و همینطور برای کسی که کلا نمی دونه منطق چی هست هم حس خوبی به دست میده.
در کل راضیم ازش:)
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this a couple of years back, it's a good refresher for anybody interested in a general introduction to logic, the difficulty level is not that hard but it takes some effort. He starts off simply with Validity, proceeds to Names and Quantifiers, then to Descriptions and Existence and from there to Self-reference, the following nine chapters are a little hazy for me to remember but his prose style is crisp, and rigorous. He winds up with a good further reading section in the last chapter to ...more
Rogério Alvarenga
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
O livro prefere os jogos da lógica aos seus princípios fundamentais. Você gosta de jogos? Eu também, mas lendo um livro sobre jogos esperamos saber algo mais sobre como ele funciona e porque, e um tiquinho assim de história no meio, por que não? O que recebemos, no entanto, é uma série de melhores momentos, como se num esporte o unicamente fascinante fosse os lances espetaculares. Há de se ser um nerdão da porra para se emocionar com essas jogadas de lógica, com todo respeito aos nerdões da porr ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Since I'm minoring in Philosophy, I had to take a course on logic about two years ago and have been very interested in the subject ever since. Sadly, I had forgotten nearly all of the key concepts since I don't really need them in my day-to-day studies. For that reason, I have been on the lookout for a concise, easy to understand book that would refresh my memory. This book did just that, in addition to introducing other concepts that broadened my knowledge on the subject.

Despite this being a "v
Ed Hatfield
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written and deliberately non-mathematical, this is genuinely a good but very short first contact with logic as a topic. Very good examples clearly explained are what maintained my interest in this book and I think it achieves its aims well.

The only thing to watch out for - which is an unavoidable part of reading about logic - is that there is a symbolic language you have to get to grips with to understand the arguments. This isn't a flaw but it will make it slightly slower, harder going for
Henry Jackson
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Introduction

I would call this book "A Very Good Short Introduction." There is no need to have precious knowledge in logic and not much mathematics is required. Perhaps some improvement in the symbols used. Graham does a great job keeping the reader interested and his references are good. The historical summary and references is very good if one is interested in continuing reading on the subject.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great job as an intriguing introduction, especially a very short one. Some ambiguity in the chapters concerning model logic. But I doubt if it can be written with any significantly more clearance (in such length, to audience with no background too).
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Es muy interesante conocer algo de lógica y creo que la manera correcta de leer este libro es con una hoja en blanco y un lápiz a la mano. A la segunda o tercera vez de leerlo espero poder entenderlo bien.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely little book. I do think I'll have to read it again as the audiobook has a number of challenges, by nature of its format. I found this a nice introduction to the subject.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
The author is not very logical, or he just doesn't have a way to communicate his logic to readers.
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