Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Pages: 500
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Trim: 7¼ x 10¼

978-1-4422-1741-6 • Hardback • December 2012 • $170.00 • (£131.00)

978-1-4422-1742-3 • Paperback • December 2012 • $95.00 • (£73.00)

David Agler is a lecturer in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1 Propositions, Arguments, and Logical Properties

Chapter 2 Language, Syntax, and Semantics

Chapter 3 Truth Tables

Chapter 4 Truth Trees

Chapter 5 Propositional Logic Derivations

Chapter 6 Predicate Language, Syntax, and Semantics

Chapter 7 Predicate Truth Trees

Chapter 8 Predicate Logic Derivations

Further Reading

The author provides visually convincing examples that illustrate the concepts of symbolic logic effectively, a feature not commonly found in similar textbooks. The abundance of sample symbolizations and proofs in this book makes it ideal for classroom use.

**— ****Masato Ishida, University of Hawaii**

Agler's Symbolic Logic: Syntax, Semantics, and Proof is a remarkably clear and systematic introduction to first-order formal logic. Notably, Agler does an excellent job in showing why we use these particular rules through multiple examples and step-by-step explanations of how they develop from general considerations of meaning and truth. This method of building up to the rules of symbolic logic will be incredibly helpful in improving student understanding, since it presents the formalism as something to be understood, rather than simply memorized.

**— ****Daniel Brunson, Morgan State University**

hundreds of homework problems with solutions

step-by-step examples that guide you through problems

An “example first’ orientation to learning logic

End of chapter glossary for key terms and definitions

Important examples that teach you how not to reason

clearly explained strategies that make solving proofs easier

Lists of suggested further reading