[FOM] Teach Yourself Logic: A Guide
ps218 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Nov 6 11:07:04 EST 2012
It is depressing. Serious logic is seemingly taught less and less, at least
in UK philosophy departments. Yet logic itself is, of course, no less
exciting and rewarding than it ever was, and the amount of important
formally-informed work in philosophy is if anything ever greater. It seems
then that many beginning graduate students in philosophy will need to teach
themselves from books, either solo or by organising study groups.
But what to read? I have just counted almost three hundred formal logic
books of one kind or another on my own shelves -- and of course these form
only a selection of what is out there. Philosophy students need an
annotated Guide: so I've made a start at writing one.
You can find the first half (12pp.) at www.logicmatters.net/students/tyl/
I hope that some FOMers who are equally concerned about keeping logic
education alive and well will take a look, and post any comments or
suggestions on the site (or email me). And, of course, spread the word to
For into, the sections so far drafted: (1) Back to the beginning.
(2) Getting to grips with basic first-order logic. (3) Modal logic.
(4) From first-order logic to model theory. (8) Arithmetic, computation
and Gödelian incompleteness. (9) Beginning set theory.
Sections to come: (5) Classical variations: second-order, plural, free
logic, etc. (6) Non-classical variations. (7) A little proof theory.
(10) Continuing with set theory. (11) A little category theory. (12)
Dr Peter Smith, University of Cambridge
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