Principles of Deductive Logic
Clear focus on its application of formal logic to ordinary English is the most distinctive feature of this textbook for the introductory course in deductive logic. Great care is taken with the appropriate translation into logical languages of ordinary English sentences. Evaluation of these translations promotes a more effective use of ordinary language.
The Principles of Deductive Logic presents symbolic logic in a fuller and more leisurely fashion than other introductory textbooks. Early chapters cover informal material, including definition and informal fallacies. The remainder of the text is devoted to the treatment of four distinct artificial languages. The Categorical language is the language of syllogistic logic. The Extended Categorical language enriches this first language with the symbolic connectives for conjunction and negation. The Propositional Connective language and the First-Order language (with identity) are the two basic languages of modern logic. Each language is accompanied by a deductive system, and is used as an instrument for exploring ordinary language, including ordinary arguments
The book contains a large number of exercises whose answers are supplied in the back of the book, and many more that can be assigned as homework. A solution's manual is available to instructors upon their request. The request must be written on college or university letterhead.
John T. Kearns is Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of Using Language: The Structures of Speech Acts, also published by SUNY Press.
"It is hard to say what I like most about the book because there are so many things I like. One of the things is that it incorporates so much of what has been happening in logic recently. It does not attempt to rewrite or copy Copi, and it is beautifully written. " — S. Jack Odell, University of Maryland
"The discussion of translation is especially good. Examples are well chosen, the pace is excellent, and there are lots of illustrations to support the text. The book is also very well organized. " — Paolo Dau, University of California, San Diego