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Introduction to Logic Hardcover – November 11, 2010
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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."
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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