A Concise Introduction to Logic / Edition 11

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Unsurpassed for its clarity and comprehensiveness, Hurley's A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC is the #1 introductory logic book on the market. In this Twelfth 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. The edition's new Previews connect a section's content to real-life scenarios, using everyday examples to "translate" new notions and terms into concepts that readers unfamiliar with the subject matter can relate to. An extensive, carefully sequenced collection of exercises guides readers toward greater proficiency with the skills they are learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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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"What I like perhaps most about Hurley's text is the organization of the material. His book introduces the material in step-by-step way, building off of what was just learned the section before and adding just enough information to each section to simplify the whole process of learning logic."

"This is the 'gold standard' of introductory logic texts."

"It is the clearest text, with the best technology available."

"Hurley has. . . always been straight to the point and clear on definition. Now, it is much more expanded with modern and creative examples that ease up on the tenseness inherent in learning logic."

"Hurley's text provides a methodical introduction to the strategies and techniques usually covered in an introductory logic course, including both formal and informal topics. Numerous exercises provide plenty of opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840034168
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (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. 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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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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