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Logic Primer (MIT Press) by [Allen, Colin, Hand, Michael]

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"Logic Primer is an excellent textbook: wonderfully concise, clear, and rich. I recommend it highly for introductory courses in formal logic. And the web-based software is state-of-the-art."--Torin Alter, Department of Philosophy, The University of Alabama "By far the smoothest running natural deduction system that I have seen in 28 years of teaching logic. The proof checker website and the low cost of the text make Logic Primer the first choice!"--Jonathan Gold, West Liberty State College "I am very pleased to see that Logic Primer is coming out in a second edition. I have used the first edition to great effect in turning my classes into learning communities of careful readers. The new material on identity, and the revisions to previous material, are well motivated and will be helpful. The key virtue of the book, however, is its clear, direct, and intelligibly sequenced presentation of logic. I look forward to being able to continue to build my course around the structure provided by Logic Primer."--William S. Robinson, Professor of Philosophy, Iowa State University "What makes Logic Primer a uniquely valuable text is not that it contains everything you need for an introductory logic course (which, of course, it does), but that it contains nothing more. While providing students with a clear and comprehensive yet streamlined presentation of first-order logic, it allows instructors the freedom to tailor the structure and pace of the course to fit their own pedagogical goals. Moreover, the natural deduction system is elegant, intuitive, and free of various unnecessary procedures that, though common in other systems, tend to make derivations difficult for students to grasp."--Amy Kind, Department of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna CollegePlease note: Don't use; Amy Kind is thanked in the acknowledgments.

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Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University.

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  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; 2 edition (16 Jan. 2001)
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  • Language: English
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This is a great book on formal logic. The explanations are very concise but in my opinion this is a good thing, as it makes it far easier to find what you're looking for. The authors state that the book should only be used to accompany a taught logic course, and that it's not suitable for self teaching. I agree with this to a certain extent, but I do think that if you've already got some knowledge of formal logic and find logic relatively easy to understand, it is possible to get something just from the book. The book contains lots of exercises, and these really are crucial to understanding what's going on. They can take quite a lot of time, but they really are one of the best things in the book. The accompanying website is also a very useful tool. One point that should be noted is that the book does contain numerous errors. There is a list of known errors on the accompanying website, along with corrected pdf pages, so make sure to check this if you get the book. Several of the errors are in the solutions to problems, and it can be very frustrating trying to understand why the answer is what they say it is because you didn't realise what they've written is incorrect! Also, be aware that often there is more than one possible solution to the problems, so just because your answer doesn't match theirs, this doesn't mean it's wrong. Again, the accompanying website is very useful in this respect, as it allows you to check whether you have written a correct proof/countermodel.
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I've been studying Intermediate Logic as part of my Philosophy degree using this book. It's pretty good. Clear, lots of exercises, good layout, lots of nice clear definitions for important terms. There is also a website which you don't need a password to get to which has some quite neat stuff, including an automatic proof-checking programme.

It covers sentential (propositional) logic, truth tables, predicate logic, and models and countermodels. It does not cover modal logic. Answers to lots (but not all) of the exercises are in the back of the book.

This book is not really suitible for self-teaching, and the authors are clear in the introduction that they wrote it intending it to be used with an instructor who knows what s/he is doing. It is very light on explanation - pretty much just a list of definitions and lots and lots of exercises to practice with. If you are teaching yourself this stuff, you will need a book with more explanation of what is going on. If you are being taught then this book is great as it gets to the point. With logic exercises, you always have to flick back and forth to remind yourself of secondary rules, or what goes in the assumption set when using a particular operator, so it's great not having lots of annoying explanatory text in the way when you're doing that.
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HASH(0x927e4120) out of 5 stars Not Meant To Stand Alone 19 Dec. 2006
By Caleb A. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
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Had the previous reviewer bothered to read the preface to this text, he would have found that the book was meant to be used with an instructor: the first two sentences read, "The most important thing for you to know about this book is that it is designed to be used with a teacher. You should not expect to learn logic from this book alone..."

Contra the previous review, I found this textbook to be tremendously helpful. I was fortunate enough to study with Dr. Bill Robinson, who worked hard to insure that his lectures adequately explained the material: the book complemented that instruction. If I needed to refer back for the formal definition of a term or rule, I had the book to rely on. The definitions were clearly worded, and made plain sense (when coupled with the high level of classroom instruction) and the examples and exercises were helpful for understanding and practice. Step-by-step solutions were given at the back of the book for selected problems. In short, this text provided a useful complement to the fine instruction I received in symbolic logic, and, when properly used in concert with such instruction, should provide any beginning practioner of symbolic logic the tools he needs to begin to his foray into the world of logic.
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HASH(0x927e4174) out of 5 stars A good go-to book for intro logic 17 Nov. 2013
By KLF - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been a great support for an introductory logic class I've been taking. The authors point out right at the beginning that this isn't a standalone book and they were correct - at least not for those who have never seen this type of material before. But it's been a good companion for the class I'm in, for sure, and has helped me to understand some of the base principles of logic much more clearly than I did. I would buy this again, and will keep it for future quick reference.
HASH(0x927e4450) out of 5 stars LOGIC PRIMER 8 Feb. 2013
By K. Grubaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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GREAT REFERENCE WORK. MANY MORE SUCH REFERENCE BOOKS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND UNIVERSITY POST GRADUATE STUDENTS.
HASH(0x927e4348) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Mar. 2015
By Daniel Mosesson - Published on Amazon.com
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Really good textbook, makes everything so much easier to understand. Answers in the back only make it better.
HASH(0x927e4534) out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Oct. 2015
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good book for philosophy class. A bit complicated to follow but worked well for the class
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