A Concise Introduction to Logic

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Philosophy - 720 pages
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Unsurpassed for its clarity and comprehensiveness, Hurley’s, A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC is the #1 introductory logic textbook in the market. In this Eleventh Edition, Hurley continues to build upon the tradition of a lucid, focused, and accessible presentation of the basic subject matter of logic, both formal and informal. Hurley’s extensive, carefully sequenced collection of exercises continue to guide students toward greater proficiency with the skills they are learning. This edition includes an expanded array of technology supplements, including Aplia, an online homework solution, and Logic CourseMate which includes additional practice and study tools, video clips covering topics that students find difficult, the complete text in eBook format, and the popular Learning Logic multimedia tutorial program. In response to market feedback and the success of Wadsworth’s Logical Choice custom program, this book continues to offer multiple options to customize your course content. Finally, innovative tools including a PowerLecture presentation tool and a Community Website are designed to help you manage, create, and teach your course more efficiently and effectively.
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Let me say that I am not a Democrat or a Republican. With that said, I can't help but notice how Patrick Hurley continuously uses examples that promote his ultra liberal views and political opinions. You can argue as the author, it is his right to use any examples he chooses. However, Mr. Hurley surely realizes the power he has to influence young minds through the authority of a college textbook. Like it or not, young students are highly impressionable and don't always engage in critical thinking. Hence, something written in a college textbook in a matter-of-factly manner is very powerful.
Mr. Hurley is clearly using his platform to evangelize young minds. What is the problem with this? If it were a textbook using examples that were deeply Conservative, there would be an outcry to remove it from the curriculum. I am not advocating any side and I am no fan of radical liberals or ultra conservatives. Mr. Hurley should stick to the fundamentals of his arena. I find it very disconcerting to try and bifurcate his scholarly work from his underhanded ideological proselytizing.

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I used this book for an online logic class, with that being said I used this entire book as my instructor which is really hard to do usually but this book was so helpful! You can tell that the author spent a lot of time to give you every opportunity of practice as possible. There are countless practice problems and answers that the book gives you online which really help me and plenty of examples and clear definitions of terms that you learn. I honestly couldn't imagine a more helpful book and I appreciate that this was able to help make the subject easier for me! 


Informal Logic
Formal Logic
Inductive Logic
Logic and GraduateLevel Admissions Tests
Answers to Selected Exercises

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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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