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A Concise Introduction to Logic Hardcover – September 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0495503835 ISBN-10: 0495503835 Edition: 10th

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 10 edition (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495503835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495503835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on February 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hurley’s logic is simply the best first-order logic book I have encounter, to date. Potential buyers should definitely get the tenth edition onward, or at least the ninth edition, otherwise, the book is quite different and the formatting, for one, is considerably poorer. Not only is the arrangement of the book aesthetically appealing and easy to work with, the formatting makes for easy learning. I did have an outstanding professor, when I took my logic course, but I definitely believe this book could be used without an instructor. About a year later, after having read the book, I used it again for preparation for a metalogic course, and it worked for me just as well as when I had the first time, with an instructor.

The book covers pretty much everything I have seen covered in an undergraduate first-order logic course. The book begins with informal fallacies, works through a great deal of syllogistic and medieval logic, and moves on up to natural deduction, and so on. The book, I think, tries to adhere to a chronology of development of logic, as it was in history, but, where efficacious, Hurley has placed the most pertinent ideas together for maximized umph. The problems help the reader develop simpler skills first, before moving on to harder ones in that section. In this respect, the book is very well organized, each problem eliciting for one more new skill, once the previous one has been answered. At least half of the answers are in the back of the book, so, again, and instructor is not absolutely necessary. This book, also, does not take long to go through, which is a feat for a technical book of this kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Hurley’s logic is simply the best first-order logic book I have encounter, to date. Potential buyers should definitely get the tenth edition onward, or at least the ninth edition, otherwise, the book is quite different and the formatting, for one, is considerably poorer. Not only is the arrangement of the book aesthetically appealing and easy to work with, the formatting makes for easy learning. I did have an outstanding professor, when I took my logic course, but I definitely believe this book could be used without an instructor. About a year later, after having read the book, I used it again for preparation for a metalogic course, and it worked for me just as well as when I had the first time, with an instructor.

The book covers pretty much everything I have seen covered in an undergraduate first-order logic course. The book begins with informal fallacies, works through a great deal of syllogistic and medieval logic, and moves on up to natural deduction, and so on. The book, I think, tries to adhere to a chronology of development of logic, as it was in history, but, where efficacious, Hurley has placed the most pertinent ideas together for maximized umph. The problems help the reader develop simpler skills first, before moving on to harder ones in that section. In this respect, the book is very well organized, each problem eliciting for one more new skill, once the previous one has been answered. At least half of the answers are in the back of the book, so, again, and instructor is not absolutely necessary. This book, also, does not take long to go through, which is a feat for a technical book of this kind.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Loafers on September 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I agree with Andrew T. Fyfe's review that CD is better than the book.

The book is unclear and makes it more complicated than it needs to be. I found myself many times saying to myself it would be much easier if this part was written or explained in another way. Also the questions at the end of each section don't have answers, which is VERY BAD. How are you suppose to learn when you don't know if you're right or wrong (The questions are hard, so it isn't something you can figure out once you've chosen an answer.)?

On the other hand, the CD covers everything the book purports to cover, except much clearer!!! Examples are given immediately after a topic is introduced and problems after examples. Answers to the problems are given instantaneously with an explanation why it is so. Plus you have a female reading to you so it's easier to focus, where as in the book, you easily lose track or lost focus of a difficult topic.

Conclusion:
Book Bad.
CD Good.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex PD on September 17, 2010
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This is a very well laid out book and its supplemental online resources provide an excellent method for increasing understanding on each chapter of the book.

Tip: If your access code has or ends with an asterisk (*) it is part of the code, and not a symbol to indicate a foot note! I was puzzled for half a day, trying to figure out why my code was not getting accepted until I realized that the asterisk was part of the code!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 247collegetextbooks on December 23, 2010
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This book is set up and easy to follow. The examples and concepts from the chapters give plenty of examples to learn the concepts. Also, the examples in the end of chapter will give you extra practice, and you will learn the concepts quickly.
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