Bundle: A Concise Introduction to Logic, Loose-Leaf Version, 13th

Author: Patrick J. Hurley and Lori Watson

Publisher: Cengage Learning


Publish Date: January 1, 2017

ISBN-10: 1337547077

Pages: 755

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The most immediate benefit derived from the study of logic is the skill needed to construct sound arguments of one’s own and to evaluate the arguments of others. In accomplishing this goal, logic instills a sensitivity for the formal component in language, a thorough command of which is indispensable to clear, effective, and meaningful communication. On a broader scale, by focusing attention on the requirement for reasons or evidence to support our views, logic provides a fundamental defense against the prejudiced and uncivilized attitudes that threaten the foundations of our democratic society. Finally, through its attention to inconsistency as a fatal flaw in any theory or point of view, logic proves a useful device in disclosing ill-conceived policies in the political sphere and, ultimately, in distinguishing the rational from the irrational, the sane from the insane. This book is written with the aim of securing these benefits.

About A Concise Introduction to Logic

The new edition of A Concise Introduction to Logic maintains the text’s tradition of careful sequencing, precision, elegance, and clarity, by retaining a number of signature features:
– Chapters are organized so that earlier sections provide the foundation for later ones. Later sections can be skipped by instructors opting to do so.
– The main points are always presented up front so students cannot possibly miss them.
– Relevant and up-to-date examples are used extensively.
– Key terms are introduced in boldface type and defined in the Glossary/Index.
– Central concepts are illustrated in graphic boxes.
– Numerous exercises, many drawn from real-life sources such as newspapers, textbooks, and magazines, are included to perfect student skills—the current edition includes over 2,700 exercises.
– Biographical vignettes of prominent logicians are included to give logic a human face.
– Dialogue exercises illustrate the application of logical principles to real-life situations.
– Venn diagrams for syllogisms are presented in a novel and more effective way, using color to identify the relevant areas.
– End-of-chapter summaries facilitate student review.
– The solution to every third exercise is provided in the Answer section, so students can easily check their work.
– Important rules and tables are printed on the inside covers for ready access, and they are also presented on a tear-out card.

Brief Contents
1 Basic Concepts 1
2 Language: Meaning and Definition 81
3 Informal Fallacies 125
4 Categorical Propositions 206
5 Categorical Syllogisms 274
6 Propositional Logic 327
7 Natural Deduction in Propositional Logic 403
8 Predicate Logic 470
9 Analogy and Legal and Moral Reasoning 540
10 Causality and Mill’s Methods 560
11 Probability 585
12 Statistical Reasoning 604
13 Hypothetical/Scientific Reasoning 627
14 Science and Superstition 646
Answers to Selected Exercises 676
Glossary/Index 720

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