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"In Ernie Lepore's hands grammar comes alive. I recommend this book to all who want to learn what logic is, how to use it, and what it is good for."
"Here is logic as it ought to be presented to philosophers, linguists, and anyone else who is interested in how language is organized. In Ernie Lepore's hands grammar comes alive. I recommend this book to all who want to learn what logic is, how to use it, a nd what it is good for." Donald Davidson, University of California Berkeley
"With care, imagination, and infectious enthusiasm, Lepore develops a novel and effective general technique of formalization which complete beginners should be able to grasp and use to deal with virtually any example in a first logic course." Bob Hale, University of Glascow"Meaning and Argument is especially strong on the subtleties of translating natural language into formal language, as a necessary step in the clarification of expression and the evaluation of arguments. The range of natural language constructions surveyed is broader and richer than in any competing intro logic text that I am aware of. As such the book provides a solid and attractive introduction to logic not only for philosophy students but for linguists as well." Richard Larson, The University at Stony Brook
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Meaning and Argument shifts introductory logic from the traditional emphasis on proofs to the symbolization of arguments. Another of its distinctive features is that it shows how the need for expressive power and for drawing distinctions forces formal language development.
This volume is ideal as an introduction to formal logic, philosophical logic, and philosophy of language. At each stage of system elaboration and development, the book answers meta-logical questions. Why is a particular formalism needed? What must go into such a formalism and why? These questions engage students in a collective inquiry which allows them to see logical studies as a human enterprise aimed at achieving well-understood goals - clarity and good reasoning.
This second edition extends and systematizes the account of anaphora, including "donkey" anaphora, plural anaphora, and cross-sentential anaphora. It also has additional sections on counter-models and semantics, and contains additional exercises and an updated bibliography.See all Product description
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It is a good introduction to logic and approaches topics with examples and exercises you can try out yourself.
Incredibly helpful if studying logic at a high-level but you want a read that will ease you into the topic.
However, if like me you find logic quite dry, I would suggest looking elsewhere for books on philosophy if you want a good weekend read.
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secondly, read the editorial review. i don't have much to add to it, but in the spirit of pitching in my two cents...
i have had the pleasure of taking a logic course with dr. lepore, and his book is a perfect reflection of his lecturing style - concise, explicit, and fun. while the other introductory books i've read have attacked logic from a decidedly sterile and proof-oriented perspective, lepore's method aligns itself with a subject already familiar to us: language. viewing logic through the framework of language renders a seemingly difficult topic easier to comprehend. it is, if you will excuse the pun, the logical way to approach the subject.
i highly recommend this book to any introductory-level student of logic.