A Concise Introduction to Logic

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Cengage Learning, Feb 18, 2005 - Philosophy - 672 pages
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Unsurpassed for its clarity, conciseness, and comprehensiveness, Hurley's market-leading A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC has established itself as the standard for introductory logic classes. Hailed in the first eight editions for an unwavering commitment to lucid, focused, reader-friendly presentations of logic's basic topics, the latest edition also continues to expand upon Hurley's tradition of technological excellence with the introduction of vMentor and iLrn Logic. These two technologies help you manage the workload of teaching logic by providing your students with a live, online logic tutoring service and you with an online system that automates homework and test grading. In addition, Hurley's outstanding LEARNING LOGIC-an interactive, audio-visual recasting of the entire text-remains a free supplement with each copy of the text. Rounded out with a Book Companion Website that features student quizzing and interactive tutorials on Venn diagrams and truth tables, Hurley's A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC, Ninth Edition is not only the most logically sound choice that a professor could make for his or her logic course, but the most technologically sound choice as well.
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As the name implies, this book is an intoduction into formal, logical thinking. The mechanics of the syllogism, and the world of logical fallacies are laid bare. The book is a fine exposure to an area that certainly needs more utilization. Read full review

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Contents

Basic Concepts
1
Language Meaning and Definition
72
Informal Fallacies
110
Categorical Propositions
184
Categorical Syllogisms
237
Propositional Logic
280
Natural Deduction in Propositional Logic
338
Predicate Logic
392
Induction
451
Logic and Standardized Tests
571
Answers to Selected Exercises
579
GlossaryIndex
646
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Patrick Hurley was born in Spokane, Washington in 1942. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics (with a Physics minor) from Gonzaga University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in philosophy of science with an emphasis in history of philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1973. In 1972 he began teaching at the University of San Diego, where his courses have included logic, philosophy of science, metaphysics, process philosophy, and legal ethics. In 1987 he received his J.D. from the University of San Diego and he is currently a member of the California Bar Association. He retired from teaching in 2008, but continues his research and writing. His interests include music, art, opera, environmental issues, fishing, and skiing.

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