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An Introduction to Formal Logic
An Introduction to Formal Logic
by Peter Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.69

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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic but clear, 1 Nov. 2014
Okay but doesn't go beyond Hodges or Priest. Is what the title says it is--an introduction.

Some of the early examples are also clearly determined by his unfortunate activities outside the classroom (e.g. the Irish and abortion). Rather foolish for him to introduce any examples taken from topics relating to any area of procreation.

The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control
The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control
by Abraham H. Foxman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Philippic rather than a argument, 26 Dec. 2008
Foxman has the opportunity here to defend the Israeli lobby in a rational way. There are sound objective reasons why America should wish to support Israel, to a degree. There are also solid reasons why anti-semitism should be combatted. Unfortunately, these are lost in the morass of rhetoric into which his writing sinks.

The bricks and mortar of good writing are three simple principles: Statement, explanation, example, which Foxman rarely, if ever employs. He seldom addresses the genuine concerns of adversaries, dismissing these in rhetorical asides. His writing is often tangential and fails to focus on issues in a logical way, wandering off into anti-Jewish propaganda prevalent in the Arab world, instead of exploring the questions and possible motives of those opposed to current US policy in the Middle East. He also uses and abuses ad hominem arguments, appearing blissfully unaware of their incoherence.

The work does contain the seed of an answer but shows a remarkable lack of understanding of opposing views. Overall, a rambling response and surprisingly unintelligent. The subject deserves better treatment from a more sophisticated hand, perhaps an Israeli professor who knows the subject at first-hand and can respond in a calm, objective way.
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Franco: A Biography
Franco: A Biography
by Paul Preston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Product of its time, 13 May 2007
This review is from: Franco: A Biography (Paperback)
An exhaustively researched book, but like Raymond Carr in his interview with "El Pais" at the time of publication, I find too much of the author in it. Preston seems to have known what conclusion he would reach even before gathering the material on Franco and to that extent is unprofessional. Anyone wishing to get to the heart of the Spanish psyche would be well advised to read this book with caution.

On the whole, entertaining but very much a product of its time--a vaguely liberal/left-wing anglo script born of British 60s ideology and temptingly served with enough biographical details to satisfy the most avid armchair psychologist of the 90s, wishing to pass judgement on the political figures of the past. I doubt if this biography will pass the test of time.
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Kuhn vs Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (Revolutions in Science)
Kuhn vs Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (Revolutions in Science)
by Steve Fuller
Edition: Paperback

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suggestive but biased, 24 April 2006
This is a richly suggestive study that despite its faults deserves attention. The central thesis that science is out of kilter is passionately argued and grounded in a neat contraposition of the social duties of science as seen by Kuhn and Popper respectively. Fuller eloquently expounds how Kuhn's vision of science as a paradigm-dictated activity as opposed to the open-ended justificatory process of falsification espoused by Popper leads to abandonment by scientists of their social responsibility towards society and vice-versa. This is the most successful aspect of the work.

However, it is the passion with which Fuller argues that leads him astray. Essentially, he tries to juggle three lines of thought simultaneously: The misrepresentation of Kuhn and Popper respectively; the real Kuhn and Popper; and his own thesis that Kuhn's view of scientific practice is both false and pernicious to society and science.

Unfortunately, Fuller is too often swept along dangerously by his own eloquence. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, Chapter 7 fails to answer the question posed by Fuller himself; his analysis of falsificationism fails to take proper account of its technical weaknesses(especially Feyerabend's critique but also Sokal's); his pitiless denunciation of Heidegger is miserably referenced from a philosophical viewpoint--he omits all mention of Gilbert Ryle's early and important review of Sein und Zeit, which greatly impressed Ryle from a purely technical point of view--yet Fuller tells us that this work was "the paradigm case of incoherence"; Fuller's aversion to Heidegger leads him to obscure the importance of the genetic fallacy and the fanciful obituary he proffers of Heidegger clearly underlines his failure to trace Heidegger's development from scholasticism to phenomenology to existentialism out of purely philosophical concerns. In short, Fuller's sociological slant fails to do justice to technical philosophical aspects.

There are also one or two points of detail that require attention. Fuller refers, for example, to the "pious Jew, Job". Had he read the Book of Job carefully, he would have realized that Job is presented as the archetypal "good man" and clearly not specifically as a "Jew".

On a purely linguistic level a couple of points: the editors have followed neither American nor British spelling practices. Hence we find "behaviour, organise" with the British spelling but the American "toward" rather than "towards". Either one would be fine but not an eclectic mix of both. Fuller also chooses to emasculate the male chauvinist practice of ubiquitously using masculine pronouns instead of the feminine, by religiously applying the female chauvinist practice of exclusively using the feminine, rather than "he or she/she or he" "him or her/her or him" which would only require at most 5 more letters and would be far more equitable and less jarring on the reader, especially as, with the exception of one reference, all the figures discussed in the book are male. Perhaps Fuller's ethical concerns might extend to language.

Moreover, Fuller sometimes finds himself overwhelmed by the full flush of language: he tells us how Kuhn's work "seeded" (a sociological cliché) the "current waves" of "postmodern...thought". Surely, a moment's fore-or afterthought would have brought out the absurdity of this mixed metaphor: you can "seed" "crops" or "harvests" but hardly "waves"! Yet, so much is modern rhetoric enamoured of itself (especially the technical jargon of the social sciences) that the original purpose of academic argument i.e to communicate clearly is laid to one side. It is this same rhetoric that tends to drive Fuller's judgemental self, when a more subdued tone would have done better. Moral indignation in inappropriate contexts leaves the reader with the impression of self-righteous ranting. Since Fuller himself insists on the importance of origins it might be reasonable to hazard a guess that Fuller is a lapsed Catholic influenced by the social theology emanating from Vatican II.

Criticism notwithstanding, Fuller's book is worth reading for his persuasive account of the ills of modern science, the more so as it tends to run counter to the received wisdom of the day.
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