It is an odd phenomenon, and a rather depressing one too. 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. Many maths departments too teach little or no logic, despite the centrality of the subject.
It seems then that many beginning graduate students in philosophy and maths 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. Students need a reader’s Guide, i.e. an annotated reading list for self-study, giving some advice about the available books: so here is my (on-going) attempt to provide one. So download
Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide, Version 9.4 (12 December 2013)
It goes without saying, of course, that all constructive comments and suggestions will be most warmly welcomed. Many thanks, in particular, to those who have earlier sent comments which are now deleted because I’ve taken up the suggestions in newer versions of the Guide.