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A Concise Introduction to Logic (with Stand Alone Rules and Argument Forms Card) (Available Titles Aplia) 11th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0840034175
ISBN-10: 0840034172
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Available Titles Aplia (Book 11)
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Normally it's not even worth writing a review for a textbook because the people who buy it don't have a choice (as in my case, where it was the assigned reading). That said, for the pure cathartic value of venting my spleen, I have to say this is one of the worst textbooks I have ever read. I was taking an online class for Logic and, for what it's worth, ended up getting an A in it, no thanks to this book.

The book is poorly written, to begin with; it often says "X is Y except in this case, which we'll talk about later..." to the point that you wonder what on earth the point of writing it was anyway. If I tried to follow all of the diversions, I would have blacked out and woke up talking to a smoking caterpillar.

The exercises were ridiculous. The ones that were shown in the book were the equivalent of "1+2 = 3" and then from that, they expected you to do calculus equations on your own. After all, they showed you the basics, right? Of course, in some cases, they didn't even show you the baby's first math question. One of my assignments had us do the exercise, which included doing an indirect truth table. After about 50 tries, I appealed to the internet and my brother for help. Apparently you were supposed to do a "branching" truth table because no definitive truth values could be found - did the book explain what a branching table was? How to do it? That you were supposed to do it? Nope!

Or there were the times that the answers listed in the back of the book were plain wrong. I did one and was baffled at how I was supposed to get one answer. I sent an email to my professor, who informed me that no, the book's answer was wrong. This happened numerous times.
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