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Formal logic provides us with a powerful set of techniquesfor criticizi ng some argu ments and showi ng others to bevalid. These techniques are relevantto all of us with aninterest in being skilful and accurate reasoners. In thishighly accessible book, Peter Smith presents a guide to thefundamental aims and basic elements offormallogic. Heintroduces the reader to the languages of propositionaland predicate logic, and then develops formal systems foreval uati ng argu ments translated into these languages,concentrating on the easily comprehensible 'tree' method.His discussion is richly illustrated with worked examplesand exercises. A distinctive feature is that, alongside theformal work, there is iliuminating philosophicalcommentary. This book will make an ideal text for a firstlogic course, and will provide a firm basis forfurtherwork in formal and philosophical logic.PETER SMITH is Lecturer in Philosophy at theUniversityofCambridge. He is the author (with O. R. Jones)ofThe Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction (1986) and ofExplaining Chaos (1998), and he is a formereditorofthe jou rnal Analysis.This book's website is at http://www.logicbook.net
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Peter Smit (born April 13, 1952 in Uitgeest) is a Dutch children's writer and publicist. From 1997-2001, he belonged to the Foundation Board LIRA, and from 1998 to 2004 he sat on the board of the Association of Writers.
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