Concise Introduction to Logic / Edition 11

Concise Introduction to Logic / Edition 11

by Patrick J. Hurley
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Concise Introduction to Logic / Edition 11

This textbook introduces logical methods and principles for constructing and evaluating arguments, and examines informal fallacies, categorical propositions and syllogisms, propositional logic, predicate logic, and induction. The ninth edition adds an appendix on graduate school entrance exam questions. The CD-ROM contains animations, audio instruction, and practice exercises. The author is affiliated with the University of San Diego. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 2900840034174
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Available Titles Aplia Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Lori Watson was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1972. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Virginia Tech in 1994, a Master's of Arts in philosophy from Virginia Tech in 1996, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2004. She was assistant professor of philosophy at Eastern Michigan University from 2004-2007; in 2007, she moved to the University of San Diego. She is currently professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at the University of San Diego, where she regularly teaches logic, legal ethics, and sex equality. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy, feminism, and law. She has recently completed a book entitled Feminist Political Liberalism (with Dr. Christie Hartley) and is working on a book entitled Debating Sex Work. She enjoys spending time with her wife, Michelle Watson, and her two dogs Nikki and Grace.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Basic Concepts1
1.1Arguments, Premises, and Conclusions1
1.2Recognizing Arguments13
1.3Deduction and Induction31
1.4Validity, Truth, Soundness, Strength, Cogency41
1.5Argument Forms: Proving Invalidity52
1.6Extended Arguments59
Chapter 2Language: Meaning and Definition72
2.1Varieties of Meaning72
2.2The Intension and Extension of Terms82
2.3Definitions and Their Purposes87
2.4Definitional Techniques94
2.5Criteria for Lexical Definitions104
Chapter 3Informal Fallacies111
3.1Fallacies in General111
3.2Fallacies of Relevance114
3.3Fallacies of Weak Induction130
3.4Fallacies of Presumption, Ambiguity, and Grammatical Analogy147
3.5Fallacies in Ordinary Language170
Chapter 4Categorical Propositions188
4.1The Components of Categorical Propositions188
4.2Quality, Quantity, and Distribution190
4.3Venn Diagrams and the Modern Square of Opposition195
4.4Conversion, Obversion, and Contraposition204
4.5The Traditional Square of Opposition214
4.6Venn Diagrams and the Traditional Standpoint224
4.7Translating Ordinary Language Statements into Categorical Form230
Chapter 5Categorical Syllogisms242
5.1Standard Form, Mood, and Figure242
5.2Venn Diagrams249
5.3Rules and Fallacies261
5.4Reducing the Number of Terms269
5.5Ordinary Language Arguments272
Chapter 6Propositional Logic287
6.1Symbols and Translation287
6.2Truth Functions298
6.3Truth Tables for Propositions310
6.4Truth Tables for Arguments319
6.5Indirect Truth Tables324
6.6Argument Forms and Fallacies330
Chapter 7Natural Deduction in Propositional Logic348
7.1Rules of Implication I348
7.2Rules of Implication II359
7.3Rules of Replacement I369
7.4Rules of Replacement II380
7.5Conditional Proof390
7.6Indirect Proof395
7.7Proving Logical Truths401
Chapter 8Predicate Logic405
8.1Symbols and Translation405
8.2Using the Rules of Inference414
8.3Change of Quantifier Rule425
8.4Conditional and Indirect Proof429
8.5Proving Invalidity435
8.6Relational Predicates and Overlapping Quantifiers441
Chapter 9Induction468
9.1Analogy and Legal and Moral Reasoning468
9.2Causality and Mill's Methods487
9.4Statistical Reasoning525
9.5Hypothetical/Scientific Reasoning544
9.6Science and Superstition564
Answers to Selected Exercises592

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