This page features a collection of the best resources on logic. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of logic:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Informal Logic. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 15,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of logic:
“For centuries, the study of logic has inspired the idea that its methods might be harnessed in efforts to understand and improve thinking, reasoning, and argument as they occur in real life contexts: in public discussion and debate; in education and intellectual exchange; in interpersonal relations; and in law, medicine and other professions. Informal logic is the attempt to build a logic suited to this purpose. It combines the study of argument, evidence, proof and justification with an instrumental outlook which emphasizes its usefulness in the analysis of real life arguing….”
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While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Logic
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