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Formal Logic

Its Scope and Limits

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Formal Logic by Richard Jeffrey
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The first beginning logic text to employ the tree method--a complete formal system of first-order logic that is remarkably easy to understand and use--this text allows students to take control of the nuts and bolts of formal logic quickly, and to move on to more complex and abstract problems. The tree method is elaborated in manageable steps over five chapters, in each of which its adequacy is reviewed; soundness and completeness proofs are extended at each step, and the decidability proof is extended at the step from truth functions to the logic of nonoverlapping quantifiers with a single variable, after which undecidability is demonstrated by example. The first three chapters are bilingual, with arguments presented twice, in logical notation and in English. The last three chapters consider the discoveries defining the scope and limits of formal methods that marked logics coming of age in the 20th century: Godels completeness and incompleteness theorems for first and second-order logic, and the Church-Turing theorem on the undecidability of first-order logic. This new edition provides additional problems, solutions to selected problems, and two new Supplements: Truth-Functional Equivalence reinstates material on that topic from the second edition that was omitted in the third, and Variant Methods, in which John Burgess provides a proof regarding the possibility of modifying the tree method so that it will always find a finite model when there is one, and another, which shows that a different modificationonce contemplated by Jeffrey--can result in a dramatic speed--up of certain proofs.

Author Biography

Richard Jeffrey (1926-2002) was Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University.
Release date NZ
March 15th, 2006
Contributor
Edited by John P. Burgess
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
4th edition
Imprint
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Pages
192
Dimensions
6x228x15
ISBN-13
9780872208131
Product ID
1834713

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