Introduction to Logic

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Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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Introduction to Logic combines likely the broadest scope of any logic textbook available with clear, concise writing and interesting examples and arguments.  Its key features, all retained in the Second Edition, include:


• simpler ways to test arguments than those available in competing textbooks, including the star test for syllogisms
• a wide scope of materials, making it suitable for introductory logic courses (as the primary text) or intermediate classes (as the primary or supplementary book)
• engaging and easy-to-understand examples and arguments, drawn from everyday life as well as from the great philosophers
• a suitability for self-study and for preparation for standardized tests, like the LSAT
• a reasonable price (a third of the cost of many competitors)
• exercises that correspond to the LogiCola program, which may be downloaded for free from the web.


This Second Edition also:


• arranges chapters in a more useful way for students, starting with the easiest material and then gradually increasing in difficulty
• provides an even broader scope with new chapters on the history of logic, deviant logic, and the philosophy of logic
• expands the section on informal fallacies
• includes a more exhaustive index and a new appendix on suggested further readings
• updates the LogiCola instructional program, which is now more visually attractive as well as easier to download, install, update, and use.

 

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Contents

Preface
PART
Answers to Selected Problems Chapter 2
Meaning and Definitions
Chapter 5
Fallacies and Argumentation
Inductive Reasoning
Basic Propositional Logic
Further Modal Systems
Deontic and Imperative Logic
Chapter 10
Belief Logic
A Formalized Ethical Theory
Metalogic
History of Logic
Chapter 14

Propositional Proofs
Basic Quantificational Logic
Chapter 9
Relations and Identity
Basic Modal Logic
Deviant Logics
Philosophy of Logic
For Further Reading
Index

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About the author (2012)

Harry J. Gensler, S.J., is Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Some of his other books include Gödel’s Theorem Simplified (1984), Formal Ethics (1996), Anthology of Catholic Philosophy (2005), Historical Dictionary of Ethics (2008), and Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, Second Edition (2011).

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