LINGUIST List 13.1441

Wed May 22 2002

Books: Semantics:Meaning and Argument

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  1. tmac, Meaning and Argument: An Introduction to Logic through Language by Ernest Lepore

Message 1: Meaning and Argument: An Introduction to Logic through Language by Ernest Lepore

Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 11:44:04 +0000
From: tmac <>
Subject: Meaning and Argument: An Introduction to Logic through Language by Ernest Lepore

Title: Meaning and Argument
Subtitle: An Introduction to Logic through Language

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Book URL:
Author: Ernest Lepore 

Hardback: ISBN: 0631205810, Pages: 418, Price: 70.95
Comment: * 30% off with a subscription to Blackwell's LL+
Paperback: ISBN: 0631205829, Pages: 418, Price: 33.95
Comment: * 30% off with a subscription to Blackwell's LL+

Meaning and Argument shifts introductory logic from the traditional
emphasis on proofs to the symbolization of arguments. Another
distinctive feature of this book is that it shows how the need for
expressive power and for drawing distinctions forces formal language

At each stage of system elaboration and development, the book answers
metalogical questions. Why is a particular formalism needed? What must
go into such a formalism and why? These questions engage students in a
collective inquiry which allows them to see logical studies as a human
enterprise aimed at achieving well understood purposes - clarity and
good reasoning. This book answers its main questions by proceeding
from a simple formal language to increasingly complex formal languages
and by explaining the reason for each complication. The move from
propositional to property predicate logic, from property predicate
logic to relational predicate logic, and finally from relational
predicate logic to relational predicate logic with identity is made
clear to the student at each step.

The volume is ideal as an introduction to formal logic, philosophical
logic, and philosophy of language.

Visit the book's website at

Subject Language(s):English (Language code: ENG)
Written In:English (Language Code: ENG)

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