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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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This text/CD-ROM package introduces the central concepts of logic with extensive use of examples and exercises. Significant improvements to this eighth edition include rewritten material on the Boolean- Aristotelian distinction, and changes in the presentation of natural deduction. Basic concepts, language, informal fallacies, and categorical propositions and syllogisms are covered, and propositional logic, predicate logic, and induction are explored. The CD-ROM contains animations, audio instruction, and practice exercises. The author is affiliated with the University of San Diego. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534585051
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 2/18/2005
  • Edition description: Book and CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Since 1972 he has been teaching at the University of San Diego where his courses include metaphysics, logic, 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. His interests include music, art, opera, architecture and environmental issues.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Basic Concepts 1
1.1 Arguments, Premises, and Conclusions 1
1.2 Recognizing Arguments 13
1.3 Deduction and Induction 31
1.4 Validity, Truth, Soundness, Strength, Cogency 41
1.5 Argument Forms: Proving Invalidity 52
1.6 Extended Arguments 59
Chapter 2 Language: Meaning and Definition 72
2.1 Varieties of Meaning 72
2.2 The Intension and Extension of Terms 82
2.3 Definitions and Their Purposes 87
2.4 Definitional Techniques 94
2.5 Criteria for Lexical Definitions 104
Chapter 3 Informal Fallacies 111
3.1 Fallacies in General 111
3.2 Fallacies of Relevance 114
3.3 Fallacies of Weak Induction 130
3.4 Fallacies of Presumption, Ambiguity, and Grammatical Analogy 147
3.5 Fallacies in Ordinary Language 170
Chapter 4 Categorical Propositions 188
4.1 The Components of Categorical Propositions 188
4.2 Quality, Quantity, and Distribution 190
4.3 Venn Diagrams and the Modern Square of Opposition 195
4.4 Conversion, Obversion, and Contraposition 204
4.5 The Traditional Square of Opposition 214
4.6 Venn Diagrams and the Traditional Standpoint 224
4.7 Translating Ordinary Language Statements into Categorical Form 230
Chapter 5 Categorical Syllogisms 242
5.1 Standard Form, Mood, and Figure 242
5.2 Venn Diagrams 249
5.3 Rules and Fallacies 261
5.4 Reducing the Number of Terms 269
5.5 Ordinary Language Arguments 272
5.6 Enthymemes 275
5.7 Sorites 280
Chapter 6 Propositional Logic 287
6.1 Symbols and Translation 287
6.2 Truth Functions 298
6.3 Truth Tables for Propositions 310
6.4 Truth Tables for Arguments 319
6.5 Indirect Truth Tables 324
6.6 Argument Forms and Fallacies 330
Chapter 7 Natural Deduction in Propositional Logic 348
7.1 Rules of Implication I 348
7.2 Rules of Implication II 359
7.3 Rules of Replacement I 369
7.4 Rules of Replacement II 380
7.5 Conditional Proof 390
7.6 Indirect Proof 395
7.7 Proving Logical Truths 401
Chapter 8 Predicate Logic 405
8.1 Symbols and Translation 405
8.2 Using the Rules of Inference 414
8.3 Change of Quantifier Rule 425
8.4 Conditional and Indirect Proof 429
8.5 Proving Invalidity 435
8.6 Relational Predicates and Overlapping Quantifiers 441
8.7 Identity 453
Chapter 9 Induction 468
9.1 Analogy and Legal and Moral Reasoning 468
9.2 Causality and Mill's Methods 487
9.3 Probability 508
9.4 Statistical Reasoning 525
9.5 Hypothetical/Scientific Reasoning 544
9.6 Science and Superstition 564
Answers to Selected Exercises 592
Glossary/Index 654
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Re: Andy

    I thought the point of deductive logic was to extract the form of an argument in natural english and demonstrate the necessary relation between the premises and the conclusion. This was the point! I think you missed it. Reread Hurley. -- As well, what is the 'function' of logic? You did not want to study the form of arguements, but the function? Maybe you are referring to informal logic, where arguments are examined in natural english....but this is a different class. You took the wrong one...have a talk with your advisor...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    What else is new?

    This book is downright elementary. One does not even approach a concept of true logical proof until the very last chapters of the book. I was learning more logic in 8th grade Geometry class than I have taken away from this book. I am a math and computer science major. It is recommended that I take a course in pratical logic... so I did, and this is the text book we have used. It is the most God-awful abomination to logic I have quite possibly ever seen. It covers nothing of the true power of logic or logical reasoning. The book focuses far too much on form, and not enough on function and thus, makes the material dull for seasoned practicioners of logic and inaccessable for those new to the subject. DO NOT use this textbook if you can avoid it. Honestly, if I have to choose between it and Niquil to put me to sleep at night, I know this text would do a better job. This book is an incredable disapointment for anyone who even has a vague concept of how a circut works. It is not worth the paper it is printed on. Once more I will say - STAY AWAY!

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