Willard Van Orman Quine
Methods of Logic
 Title: Methods of Logic
 Author: Willard Van Orman Quine
 ISBN: 9780674571761
 Page: 333
 Format: Paperback
This widely used textbook of modern formal logic now offers a number of new features Incorporating updated notations, selective answers to exercises, expanded treatment of natural deduction, and new discussions of predicate functor logic and the affinities between higher set theory and the elementary logic of terms, Quine s new edition will serve admirably both for classThis widely used textbook of modern formal logic now offers a number of new features Incorporating updated notations, selective answers to exercises, expanded treatment of natural deduction, and new discussions of predicate functor logic and the affinities between higher set theory and the elementary logic of terms, Quine s new edition will serve admirably both for classroom and for independent use.
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An earlier edition of this (probably the second edition, 1959) was my college logic textbook. I've been meaning to read this very different fourth edition (1982) since the library acquired it. In rereading it, I can't understand how I ever managed to learn logic from this book; the methods are totally unsuitable for beginners, he gives alternative methods for everything rather than developing a single method fully, brings up questions which only make sense from a much more advanced stage of und [...]
Very useful text on formal logic. However, the notation is antiquated. That being said, Quine's text is still one of the clearest and most thorough introductions on the subject. He writes in a style that is uncommon today, but I rather like it. The sections on logical schemata are detailed and well thought out.
A relatively clear presentation, with rigor approximately between that of a standard introductory text and van Dalen's Logic and Structure. Uses a notation largely abandoned today, which is interesting in its own right. A few topics are not often found in standard introductory logic texts, namely, theorems of completeness, Löwenheim, and arithmetic axioms.
May be the closet to God I've ever came.

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Like any great book, this one could be a bit, though not too much, better. By far and away the most useful element of Quine's book is his treatment of translating ordinary English into logical schemata. I have never seen such a lucid and effective presentation of the task, and I recommend the book very highly to anybody on that account. His presentation of truthfunctional and quantificational schemata are solid are simply excellent. The book, however, is not without its defects of which I shoul [...]
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