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"...The readiblity is excellent. The chapter summaries and charts are appropriate and helpful. [Introduction to Logic] delivers a formidable subject in an easy-to-ingest manner.  ...The explanations are easy enough for the novice while rigorous enough to remain a reference work for someone who may occasionally need to return to to a definition of some fallacy or another or needs a quick discussion of asyllogistic inference, for example. ...The text covers Aristotilian and syllogistic logic quite well. ...I think the book's strongest point is the presentation of the informal fallacies. It provides a nice aid for students to sharpen their argumentive skills; even when they may be unfamiliar topics."

Jason Flato, Georgia Perimeter College, USA

"[Of the book’s pedagogy:] well thought out and organized."

David Vessey, Grand Valley State University, USA

"The strength of the book is that, no matter when a student reads it, it always is sure to have the latest and most pertinent examples..."

Drew Berkowitz, Bridgewater State College, USA

"The explanation of scientific inquiry is particularly lucid and thorough. Compatibility, predictive power, falsifiability, and simplicity are also very well explained. The exercises provided are applicable to real world instances of scientific inquiry."

William Ferraiolo, San Joaquin Delta College, USA

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Irving M. Copi was a philosopher and logician. He taught at the University of Illinois, the United States Air Force Academy, Princeton University, and the Georgetown University Logic Institute, before teaching logic at the University of Michigan, 1958-69, and at the University of Hawaii, 1969-90. His other works include Essentials of Logic, Informal Logic, and Symbolic Logic.

Carl Cohen is Professor of Philosophy at the Residential College of the University of Michigan. He has published many essays in moral and political philosophy in philosophical, medical, and legal journals. He has served as a member of the Medical School faculty of the University of Michigan, and as Chairman of the University of Michigan faculty, where he has been an active member of the philosophy faculty since 1955. His other works include The Animal Rights Debate (2001), with Prof. Tom Regan; he is also the author of Democracy (1972); the author of Four Systems (1982); the editor of Communism, Fascism, and Democracy (1997); the co-author (with J. Sterba) of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference (2003)

Kenneth D. McMahon studied physics, philosophy, and English Literature as an undergraduate, then took graduate degrees in psychology and philosophy.  He has taught critical thinking, philosophy, statistics, and  psychology, and currently teaches logic for Hawaii Pacific University.  His professional interests include logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind, as well as cognitive science, psychometrics, computational theories of mind, and evolutionary psychology.

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  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 14th edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205820379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205820375
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 21, 2013
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It has been 45 years since I took my first logic course in college. We used an early edition of Copi's "Introduction to Logic." Now in its fourteenth edition, its recent updates are the work of Carl Cohen, Irving Copi having died in 2002. Given its longevity, it can be considered a classic in its field.

This does not make it a good logic text. I would rate it as for the most part adequate, meaning by this that it does some things reasonably well, but is not outstanding in any area. Its discussions of language and definitions and the fallacies (in its chapters on informal logic) are standard, but this information is found in an equally accessible form in other logic texts. For the most part its chapters on categorical syllogisms are adequate, although it surprises me that it doesn't talk about conditional validity or show how to test for it using Venn Diagrams. (I realize that the text presupposes the Boolean standpoint, but it is important to discuss conditional validity to cover those situations where we are assuming that members of the class denoted by the subject term of a universal categorical proposition exist.)

Turning to the discussion of "Modern Logic," I was surprised to find an almost total lack of the use of truth tables, particularly to determine the validity or invalidity of arguments. In the logic classes I have taught (which I have done regularly for the past couple decades), I have always found the truth-table method of determining validity a helpful precursor to the natural deduction method. Speaking of the latter, I am somewhat puzzled by the lack of any reference to conditional proof.
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I am a physician who likes to study math on his own. I owe Professor Copi a lot. If it were not for his book, which I used for self-study, i dont know where else could i have mastered the basic principles of proof writing which i now take for granted while doing advanced mathematics work. He assumes u know literally nothing about the subject except high school level english reading skills.

This book has made quite the difference to my life as a whole, not just to my readings in math. I cant thank him enough.
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I rented this book and then didn't take the class. Later I took the class and bought another assigned textbook which was a times confusing. I went back to the school library, checked this one out, read the portions I needed and was again, back on the straight and narrow with content that had been confusing me.
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Best textbook for a basic understanding of logical reasoning. If you need a simpler one on basic logical fallacies, consider "Don't You Believe It" by Arlie J. Hoover (http://www.amazon.com/Dont-you-believe-Arlie-Hoover/dp/0802425313/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428190231&sr=1-1&keywords=don%27t+you+believe+it+by+arlie+j+hoover).
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Have over the years borrowed the book from different libraries, but decided it deserved a place in own collection. There are others, but this is still the best as it takes you through logic in a most informative way, and explains thoroughly each aspect.
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It helped me alot because this was exactly the book I needed
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The book itself is fine IF you intend to get into philosophy. I am taking a class that requires this book as an elective, and I can barely comprehnd most of the content. Very mathematical confusing. This isn;t the fault of the book though, only my personal experience.
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This was very easy to read. Almost too easy! The exercises after each section helped to expand my understanding beyond whatever miniature understanding I gained from the reading. I even compared it to another logic book that I have (the title escapes me and I don't feel like rummaging through the library to find it either) and the information is consistent throughout and this book even explains the concepts a bit more. I also enjoyed the snippets of background information included in some of the sections.
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