Introduction to Logic

Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - Philosophy - 432 pages

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

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).