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Introduction to Logic Hardcover – 2005

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  • Hardcover: 683 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Inc, Hardcov (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131332759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131332751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,570,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Logic is not just for Spock; deduction (which, if you read this book, you'll discover is rather different) is not just for Sherlock Holmes. Many if not most students of philosophy over the past 50 years have had their beginning logic training from an edition of this book, 'Introduction to Logic' by Irving M. Copi, now in its twelfth edition, also now with a co-author listed, Carl Cohen.

I first learned logic in a two-semester sequence through the philosophy department at my university from the fifth edition of Copi's text in the early 1980s, supplemented by other material from Copi and a few others on symbolic logic. Logic was required of philosophy majors; it was strongly recommended of majors in sciences and mathematics; it was preferred for students in social sciences. Indeed, the principles of logic contained in Copi's text would not be out of place in most any discipline.

This introductory text is also recommended reading for those preparing for major placement examinations, such as the LSAT and the MCAT. Learning how to think, and recognising typical and non-so-typical flaws in argumentation and reasoning are vital in many professions; the applications for law and medicine are fairly clear.

This new twelfth edition of the text includes a lot of extras, including LogicNotes with Practice Problems, which occasionally comes bundled with the text. The Overviews, marginalia with definitions and clarifications, and Visual Logic features are all things I wish I'd had in the earlier text I used.

The text is divided into different sections, including Language, Induction, and Deduction. Each part is then subdivided into two parts, A and B (logical, isn't it?).
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Heersink on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Copi's introduction to both inductive and deductive logic is one of the best surveys of philosophical logic in print. It's highly accessible and covers a lot of territory, more than any other introduction I've encountered. It's only drawback is its superficiality, as it doesn't fully cover probability, mathematical calculus, boolean logic, decision trees, or theorems and proofs..

The book begins with the uses of language, fallacies, arguments in ordinary language, Venn Diagrams, and then proceeds to symbolic logic, Aristotlean and a cursory overview of predicate calculus, quantification, science and hypothesis, analogy and probability (especially Mill's four rules of causal inference), and concludes with logic and the law (as a practical example of the application of logic).

This book would make an excellent text for an introduction to philosophical logic and arguments. There are definitely superior books that deal with each of the above subjects individually, but none that I know that covers such broad terrain in a short amount of space. As more and more colleges and universities mandate some course in critical thinking, I cannot think of a better text for an introductory overview. If this is the text, take the course. (Eighth Edition)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis K. on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A bit of background on myself, I am a Philosophy PhD student who focuses primarily on Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics. I have taught numerous Intro Logic courses and have never once chosen this book. I was exposed to this book when I was 12 in a course I took at Johns Hopkins University with a Professor from Georgetown. I still have the book.

Ok, so my main beefs with this book are that it doesn't prepare you for "real" logic and it contains a whole bunch of material that is terribly outdated and not studied at all these days.

The irrelevant material: essentially everything except for the section on Modern Logic (classical logic is of no interest to anyone except for Aristotle scholars these days; the section on fallacies may be helpful for writing papers and analyzing ordinary, everyday arguments, but not for formal logic; the section on induction is way too informal (i.e. not at all rigorous) and doesn't reflect what people who work on induction talk/think about; the section on logic and language is almost entirely useless, the reasoning sub-section IS entirely useless and informal logic sub-section is useless except for the mild utility of the fallacy chapter)

Even the section on Modern Logic is a bit unorthodox. Their system of natural deduction is clunky and cumbersome, especially for the intro logic student. 19 rules of inference instead of simply the standard introduction and elimination rules for the connectives. Also, IMO no intro logic course should allow their students to use equivalences beyond the intro and elimination get a much better appreciation of the equivalences (e.g. DeMorgan's Law, Hypothetical Syllogism, Disjunctive Syllogism) if you are forced to prove them instead of assuming them up front.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vadim on February 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book hasn't 'stood the test of time'. It's simply been re-issued by the publishers a dozen times so as to force students to buy new copies and make them more money.

The book itself is poor. Yet, for some reason, in my experience, it's the textbook of choice at colleges that think of their students as not smart enough for a 'real' logic book like the Bergmann and Moor. This is actually a disservice (not to mention a subtle insult) to students. I've been forced to use the Copi and found that students get bogged down in irrelevancies and never quite get a clear sense of how logic works. The book spends far too much time being 'erudite' at the cost of what really matters: clarity and accuracy. It also covers topics that no real logic professor or beginning student should be worrying about - notably, Aristotle's syllogisms. (If you really want to understand those, read the last chapter of Logic as Algebra. Otherwise stop torturing yourself and learn the basics.)

There are much better-written introductions to elementary symbolic logic out there. I mentioned one already. Here's another one that students seem to find intuitive and helpful: Understanding Symbolic Logic (5th Edition).
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