Logic: The Laws of Truth
Nicholas J.J. Smith
Princeton University Press
It was Arthur Schopenhauer who claimed that logic, should be capable of being deduced from self-evident premises. The focus of Logic: The Laws of Truth is not such on the necessity of evidential substantiation but on Socratic and Aristotelian logic, which is a pity as I perceive logic to be based on verifiable evidence rather than because authority figures have told you so, or because it is widely held to be true which is a formula that for disappointment.
What the tome provide does provide is a well-founded, clear, precise and comprehensive introduction into the underlying principles of first-order logic, truth preservation, validity and soundness, which are backed by exercises, and explanations.
Despite the complexity of the sujet, the vocabulary used is consistently informational and the use of trees and tables aid the understanding of semantic content.
For the uninitiated, Logic: The Laws of Truth is a great resource for anyone remotely interested in philosophy and a great addition for the ones who are already familiar with other books on the subject, e.g. Sider's Logic for Philosophy, which goes a bit further and covers many topics not covered by Smith.
A more than viable foundation for what is the varied and often very subjective theology of truth.
Water of Life - Bushmills 21-Year Old I dig Scotches. The more peat and smoke, the better. While I have yet to encounter one that is an utter disappointment, Irish ... read more
Water of Life – Whisky and Meat Now, whisky and food make for an interesting combination. Interesting in that it has to be calibrated extremely well, specifically when it comes ... read more
Time Out Sydney – Bar Awards Not entirely sure how you keep abreast of what is happening in your town outside the confines of crustpunk shows in the basement of ... read more
Water of Life Sydney Gin Palooza Let’s talk about distilled artisanal drops that are predominantly derived from juniper berries as the main core ingredient. Not unlike with whiskey, the gin ... read more
Anselm Kiefer: Books and Woodcuts Anselm Kiefer has been an immense impact on me ever since I was exposed to him in the late 1980s. I travel just to ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.