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A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive [Kindle Edition]

John Stuart Mill
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  • Print Length: 678 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1112030158
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Neil
Format:Kindle Edition
Unlike the previous reviewers, I have had no problems with the Kindle version of this book, except the fact that the page number is printed in brackets in the text itself, though this is quite useful if you want to refer someone else to a particular page and it is not distracting once you get used to it. Very pleased. And it's FREE. Thanks to whoever put in the effort to turn this into an ebook. It is much appreciated.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not great on the Kindle either! 11 Sept. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kindle version is legible - but the line end breaks make it difficult to read. For the massive sum of 78p, this version A SYSTEM OF LOGIC (UPDATED w/LINKED TOC) is much better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money 3 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The font is too small and very hard to read, some lines are just not printed and there are spots form ink in some pages and cannot be read. In general a very bad book, almost useless
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1.0 out of 5 stars Classic work, classically bad reprint 22 July 2010
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Mill is (together with Descartes) one of the most misrepresented, unfairly criticised, and greatest philosophers, and this is perhaps his most important work. Its philosophical scope is wide, and its influence enormous, but for a long time it's been difficult to get hold of, so when I saw this reprint I jumped at it. I received it today, and it's going straight back to Amazon for a refund. The cover is professional, glossy, and promising -- but then I opened the book. The text looks as though it was produced by taking a shabby copy of the work, photocpying it on a machine that was running out of toner, and digitising the photocopies on a low-quality scanner. The main body of the text is generally readable, though not with ease or pleasure; some of the footnotes, though, are virtually illegible.

The idea behind this sort of reprint is a good one -- but the execution is dreadful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kindle edition 21 April 2011
By Gary L. Herstein - Published on
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Some complaints have been registered about the size of the type in the print edition. Clearly this is not an issue with the Kindle version.

This volume was a surprising -- even astonshing -- find or me, because it is at once a complete edition of one of the most important works in modern philosophy of science and it is a particularly well executed Kindle book to boot.

For the price, I was expecting a Project Gutenberg .TXT file stove-piped into a Kindle file. (I find such things unreadable, regardless of the fact that they are free.) This text, however, is a true Kindle book with active table of contents, dynamic formatting WRT to the selected font size, and hyper-linked footnotes. Being a Kindle text, you can annotate to your heart's desire, so this is a genuine study text for working scholars, whether in or out of academia.

One odd note of no particular significance: when one chooses the "goto" function from the menu, the table of contents is not one of the choices that comes up. I've seen that in a few other kindle books as well, so this was not a particular shock. The TOC is fully active, and a vitally useful tool for tracking elements of Mill's argument, so it is worthwhile to simply bookmark that point thereby making it instantly accessible whenever you need to refer to it.

For anyone interested in classics of Western philosophy, this is an essential addition to your Kindle library, made all the more exceptional by the quality of its formatting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, another bad printing 26 Oct. 2006
By theskeptic - Published on
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The book itself, of course, gets a full 5 stars. Mill's work represents some of the first fundamental progress to be made on inductive logic and probabilistic reasoning and, as such, underlies much of modern scientific methodology and machine learning. He was also an excellent writer, and his prose is a pleasure to read.

However, be aware that this edition (A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive, University Press of the Pacific) is a "facsimile" of the 1891 edition, featuring incredibly small type (8pt Times, approximately) in an odd two-column layout. The text quality is poor (by normal standards), and it is quite a strain to read for extended periods. The publisher's blurb in the book claims its goal is to "make original editions of historical works available to scholars at an economical price," and that the text in this edition has been digitally enhanced. I doubt it. The text looks no better than the 1933 printing I was able to obtain from the university library. While I can see the value of having a "historical" edition, I have to believe that most scholars would prefer a critical edition that they can read without a magnifying glass.

It's very unfortunate that the only two editions available of this great work are of such poor print quality. The other edition (with the purple cover) is even worse than this one, in my opinion, and I had to return it due to cropped-off text on the left margins. I'm also not sure why a "facsimile" needs to cost 40 dollars; this is very discouraging. The text of Mill's work is in the public domain, so you would think someone could offer a good, cheap printing. Naturally, one can find the full text online, but who can read a 600-page book online? Not me.

So, all told, it's a great work by a great author. And I guess this edition is your best bet until something better comes along, although it does a disservice to a great thinker who should be more widely appreciated.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other review says this printing is unreadable. It's not. 10 July 2010
By Robert Greer - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase apparently lumps the reviews of all editions of A System of Logic in with each other. Most printings of this work look like they've been Xeroxed out of a century-old book, and are thus a huge pain to read. But this one (from The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, published by Liberty Fund, Inc.) is different: the margins are normal-sized, there are no inky blotches, and there's a single column per page. If there's a better printing of A System of Logic available for purchase, I haven't come across it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of all times 23 Feb. 2013
By Gabriel Zanotti - Published on
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This book is a classic in the middle of all the classics. It cannot be reviewed as if it were any other book. Even if you are a popperian or a follower of Feyerabend, this book is historical, a necessary step in the history of the philosophy of science. If somebody wants to understand the XX Century's philosophy of science, this is a necessary reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars The present generation has yet to be introduced to this ... 2 Oct. 2014
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The present generation has yet to be introduced to this highly reputed work when it was first published in the late XIX century, Candidates to a PhD should have this as required reading. I read it and quoted from it in my dissertation in 1971 for a PhD at Ohio State University, a month before returning to Brazil and to the University of São Paulo as Professor
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