Many philosophy departments, and many maths departments too, teach little or no serious 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? Students need a 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:
- Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide (Version 11.0, 29 July 2014)
This Guide currently has two supplements
- Appendix: Some Big Books on Mathematical Logic (comments on a number — 17, at the moment — of the more general, multi-area, textbooks on mathematical logic: last updated 2 August 2014)
- Serious Set Theory (more advanced readings on set theory, going beyond the recommendations in the core Guide: new page 28 July 2014)
And for those who don’t want to wade through the Guide and its Appendix, overlapping with their content but with links to other reviews of books, etc., there is also an additional webpage
- Book Notes (on logic texts but also some philosophy of mathematics books: last update of content 2 August 2104)
NB The Guide and its Appendix are PDF documents designed for reading on screen. Ideally, read them either (i) on an iPad (download in Safari, open e.g. in iBooks), or (ii) on a laptop (e.g. read two pages side-by-side using Adobe Reader in full-screen mode). If you do really want to print out either in dead-tree form, then again the side-by-side format should work well.
It goes without saying, of course, that all constructive comments and suggestions continue to be most warmly welcomed. Many thanks, in particular, to those who have earlier sent comments which are now deleted because I’ve taken up (or plan to take up) the suggestions in newer versions of the Guide.