Better late than never …

So here we are: four hundred and twenty pages of logical goodness, written with insight, clarity, zest, and wit, making it an unmissable read for students new and old.

Well, that’s the theory ….

Kind friends and relations have said it is mostly not bad, give or take. On a good day, I can almost agree.

So, after a ridiculously protracted re-writing, I really will have to let this second edition of my Intro to Formal Logic go into the world this week and then take its chances. There’s a couple of (small) remaining tasks and then off to CUP with it!

I won’t tell you how many things that I ought to have realized decades ago when I started teaching this stuff that I’ve learnt (at last) in putting this edition together. That would be just too embarrassing. But better late than never …

4 thoughts on “Better late than never …”

  1. Congratulations, I will buy a copy!

    My claim to fame is that I once suggested Velleman’s “How to Prove It” to you, which is now out in a third, expanded edition (with a new chapter on number theory).

    May I suggest a next project (after your Intro to Category theory)? Your expositional and pedagogical skills are needed for a Cambridge Intro to the Entscheidungsproblem and the Halting problem.

    In my humble opinion, you have done more for philosophy with your great books than most of the academic stars in this discipline with their half-baked thoughts that will not survive the death of their originators! Although I did study philosophy, I eventually grew tired of the mindset prevalent in this enchanting field, that being clever (bordering on sophistry) is better than being right about something.

    All the best!

  2. Really looking forward to this. It’s 10 years or so since I used the first book to learn logic as an undergraduate, but I never learned the natural deduction technique, and am probably no great shakes at logic now anyway. That will be my hobby for the next year, working through the entire new book from brass tacks!

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