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Elements of Deductive Inference: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic

Elements of Deductive Inference: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Author: Joseph Bessie - Stuart Glennan
ISBN 13: 9780534551216
ISBN 10: 534551211
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication Date: 1999-08-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 479
List Price: $200.95

The text covers elementary logic, from statement logic through relational logic with identity and function symbols. The authors acquaint students with formal techniques at a level appropriate for undergraduates, but extends far enough and deep enough into the subject that it is suitable for a brief first-year graduate course. The text covers full and brief truth tables, and presents the method of truth (consistency) trees and natural deduction for the whole of elementary logic. The text's organization allows instructors to cover just statement logic, or statement logic combined with various extensions into predicate logic: monadic logic with or without identity, or the preceding plus relational logic with or without identity and with or without function symbols. At each stage, the instructor may elect to pursue truth trees and/or natural deduction. A final chapter provides a perspective for further study and applications of logic. The text may be used with or without the accompanying software.


A textbook suitable for a wide range of courses from a brief symbolic logic course for first-year undergraduates through a more detailed first course for seniors and first-year graduate students. Bessie (U. of Central Oklahoma) and Glennan (Butler U.) offer a logically and philosophically rigorous introduction to first-order predicate logic that presupposes neither in substance nor in style a background in mathematics or philosophy. The CD-ROM contains a working Inference Engine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)