Selected Texts on LogicPosted: February 24, 2009
I am taking a class on Logic/Critical Thinking this week at PRTS, or at least trying to take the class. Anyways, if you are interested in studying the topics for yourself, here are the list of titles my professor gave us yesterday.
Clark, Gordon H. Language and Theology. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1980. An historical overview of philosophy of language with a positive statement of his view and understanding of logic.
Copi, Irving M. Introduction to Logic. New York: The Macmillan Company, current edition. This is the standard text used in almost all Introduction to Logic courses in the Universities of America. If you use the book you should skip the section on symbolic logic and even truth tables if you wish to avoid the math.
Fisher, Alec. Critical Thinking: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Cambridge University Press, 2001. This is the text book for this class. It is well conceived in format and covers all the basics in critical thinking.
Poythress, Vern S. Philosophy of Science and the Sovereignty of God. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1976. Theological discussion of logic throughout the book with an appendix dedicated to the discussion.
Runkle, Gerald. Good Thinking: An Introduction to Logic. Chicago: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., current edition. This is a self-help text in critical thinking. It is the one I recommend to people with no background in logic. The answers to the exercises are provided so that one can check their work. I would recommend again that you skip the section on symbolic logic.
Tagliapietra, Ron. Better Thinking & Reasoning. Greenville, S. C.: Bob Jones University Press, 1995. I reviewed this book for a journal. Its strength is that it uses Biblical materials and ideas. In my judgment it is not broad enough in scope to make a person proficient in logic but it does cover the basics.