Many students ask, 'What is the point of learning formal logic?' This book gives them the answer.
Using the methods of deductive logic, Nelson Lande introduces each new element in exquisite detail, as he takes students through example after example, proof after proof, explaining the thinking behind each concept.
Shaded areas and appendices throughout the book provide explanations and justifications that go beyond the main text, challenging those students who wish to delve deeper, and giving instructors the option of confining their course to the basics, or expanding it, when they wish, to more rigorous levels.
Lande encourages students to think for themselves, while at the same time providing them with the level of explanation they need to succeed.
It is a rigorous approach presented in a style that is informal, engaging, and accessible.
Students will come away with a solid understanding of formal logic and why it is not only important, but also interesting and sometimes even fun.
It is a text that brings the human element back into the teaching of logic. --Hans Halvorson, Princeton University