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Formal logic provides us with a powerful set of techniques for criticizing some arguments and showing others to be valid. These techniques are relevant to all of us with an interest in being skillful and accurate reasoners. In this highly accessible book, Peter Smith presents a guide to the fundamental aims and basic elements of formal logic. He introduces the reader to the languages of propositional and predicate logic, and then develops formal systems for evaluating arguments translated into these languages, concentrating on the easily comprehensible 'tree' method. His discussion is richly illustrated with worked examples and exercises. A distinctive feature is that, alongside the formal work, there is illuminating philosophical commentary. This book will make an ideal text for a first logic course, and will provide a firm basis for further work in formal and philosophical logic.Introduces the student reader to the fundamentals of formal logic using the tree methodClearly and accessibly written but also philosophically sophisticatedHelpful examples and exercises
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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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