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. And anyway, logic is far too important to be left entirely to the mercies of technicians from maths or computer science departments with different agendas.
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 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. I hope it will also be useful to some mathematics students (since coverage of logic can be patchy in undergraduate mathematics courses too). So download
Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide, Version 9.3 (13 November 2013)
It goes without saying, of course, that all constructive comments and suggestions will be most warmly welcomed. And many thanks to those who earlier sent comments (now deleted because I’ve taken up the suggestions in newer versions of the Guide).