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ISBN-13: 978-0840034175 ISBN-10: 0840034172 Edition: 11th

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 11 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840034172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840034175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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." - David Weise, Gonzaga University

"This is the "gold standard" of introductory logic texts." - Frank Ryan, Kent State University

"It is the clearest text, with the best technology available." - Stephanie Semler, Radford University

"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." - Allyson Mount, Keene State College

"Hurley's book is thorough and very accessible to instructors and students. One of the best logic texts on the market." - Paula Smithka, University of Southern Mississippi

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. 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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This book is written is a very logical way, it explains each term, shows wonderful examples, has good challenging questions at the end of the chapters.
For those looking for a textbook to adopt for a course or for anyone interested in learning logic on his or her own, I highly recommend this book.
Doug Erlandson

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kristofferzero on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
These are the differences between the 10th and 11th editions:

* Five new biographical vignettes of prominent logicians are introduced. The new logicians include Ruth Barcan Marcus, Alice Ambrose, Ada Byron (Countess of Lovelace), Willard Van Orman Quine, and Saul Kripke.
* Six new dialogue exercises are introduced to help affirm the relevance of formal logic to real-life. They can be found in Sections 5.6, 6.4, 6.6, 7.3, 7.4, and 8.2.
* The end-of-chapter summaries now appear in bullet format to make them more useful for student review.
* Many new and improved exercises and examples appear throughout the book.
* In Section 1.4, the link between inductive reasoning and the principle of the uniformity of nature is explained. Cogent inductive arguments are those that accord with this principle, while weak ones violate it. Such violations are always accompanied by an element of surprise.
* The connection between the Boolean Standpoint and the Aristotelian standpoint is explained more completely.
* The existential fallacy as it occurs in immediate inferences is explained in greater detail. All inferences that commit this fallacy have a universal premise and a particular conclusion. The meaning of "universal" and "particular" are extended to cover statements that are given as false.
* A new exercise set is introduced in Section 4.5 that involves testing immediate inferences for soundness.
* An improved definition of the "main operator" of a compound statement is given.
* A new subsection is introduced in Section 6.5 giving preliminary instruction on how to work backward from the truth values of the simple propositions to the truth values of the operators. A new exercise set provides practice with this technique.
* Section 7.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have used Hurley's logic text for nearly twenty years in the classes that I have taught. I've compared his text with various of the other standard introductions. None is better or more complete. Moreover, because it contains such a wide variety of material (from informal fallacies to categorical propositions and syllogisms, from propositional to predicate logic, from analogical reasoning to probability and statistical reasoning), it can be used in a variety of logic courses. I have used it as a text in both critical thinking and modern logic courses. (This gives the student who takes both of these courses the advantage of not having to buy two textbooks.)

Another good feature is that the text does not vary greatly from one edition to the next. The changes are for the most part confined to improvements and clarifications of specific points. Unlike some textbooks I have used in other courses (especially in applied ethics) the widespread changes that some publishers make from one edition to the next simply to ensure that a previous edition is unusable are absent. Students in my classes who use the immediately previous edition are at no disadvantage.

Does this mean Hurley's book is perfect? No, it doesn't. There are a few things he says with which I disagree. But they are all on minor points. Moreover, the last chapter, "Science and Superstition" (Chapter 14), tends to get a bit preachy. However, one can simply avoid this chapter if one doesn't like it. (Anyhow, there's far more content in the book than can possibly be covered in a single semester.)

For those looking for a textbook to adopt for a course or for anyone interested in learning logic on his or her own, I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Another Student on January 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The book does a good job overall explaining the concepts and introducing students to logic. I dislike aplia as a system, yet it does a good job at actually teaching just incredibly frustrating at times. Though the instructor may not require it. Also aplia costs extra just to use despite buying the book, but some versions have the key included apparently but I didn't receive one. NOTE: I did NOT get this from Amazon itself. If you need the key, try and get it included to avoid paying an extra $80. Digressing from aplia, some of the symbols that Hurley uses conflict with advanced logic, which can cause some confusion, but if you are only taking this logic class then it probably wont matter. My instructor used different symbols in class than in the book or on aplia which was frustrating, but the teacher's made more sense anyway. Not sure why Hurley does that. Both complaints considered it loses one star, but otherwise I enjoyed the book and the class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on February 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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