A Concise Introduction to Logic

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Philosophy - 720 pages
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Unsurpassed for its clarity and comprehensiveness, Hurley's, A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC is the #1 introductory logic textbook in the market. In this Eleventh Edition, Hurley continues to build upon the tradition of a lucid, focused, and accessible presentation of the basic subject matter of logic, both formal and informal. Hurley's extensive, carefully sequenced collection of exercises continue to guide students toward greater proficiency with the skills they are learning. This edition includes an expanded array of technology supplements, including Aplia, an online homework solution, and Logic CourseMate which includes additional practice and study tools, video clips covering topics that students find difficult, the complete text in eBook format, and the popular Learning Logic multimedia tutorial program. In response to market feedback and the success of Wadsworth's Logical Choice custom program, this book continues to offer multiple options to customize your course content. Finally, innovative tools including a PowerLecture presentation tool and a Community Website are designed to help you manage, create, and teach your course more efficiently and effectively.
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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

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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Let me say that I am not a Democrat or a Republican. With that said, I can't help but notice how Patrick Hurley continuously uses examples that promote his ultra liberal views and political opinions. You can argue as the author, it is his right to use any examples he chooses. However, Mr. Hurley surely realizes the power he has to influence young minds through the authority of a college textbook. Like it or not, young students are highly impressionable and don't always engage in critical thinking. Hence, something written in a college textbook in a matter-of-factly manner is very powerful.
Mr. Hurley is clearly using his platform to evangelize young minds. What is the problem with this? If it were a textbook using examples that were deeply Conservative, there would be an outcry to remove it from the curriculum. I am not advocating any side and I am no fan of radical liberals or ultra conservatives. Mr. Hurley should stick to the fundamentals of his arena. I find it very disconcerting to try and bifurcate his scholarly work from his underhanded ideological proselytizing.


Informal Logic
Formal Logic
Inductive Logic
Logic and GraduateLevel Admissions Tests
Answers to Selected Exercises

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Patrick Hurley was born in Spokane, Washington in 1942. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics (with a second major in philosophy and 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 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, including work on A Concise Introduction to Logic. His interests include music, art, opera, environmental issues, fishing, and skiing. He is married to Dr. Linda Peterson, who retired from teaching philosophy at the University of San Diego in 2015.

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