A Concise Introduction to Logic 12th Edition

Patrick J. Hurley

  • © 2015
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2008, 2008
  • 736 Pages

Overview

Unsurpassed for its clarity and comprehensiveness, Hurley's A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC is the #1 introductory logic textbook on the market. In this Twelfth 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. The book's extensive, carefully sequenced exercises guide students toward greater proficiency with the skills they are learning. This edition introduces section-opening Previews, which aid understanding by connecting upcoming content to real-life scenarios that students can relate to. It also includes an expanded array of technology supplements offered through MindTap™, a highly robust Internet platform-- including Aplia™, an online homework solution; 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 Cengage Learning's Logical Choice custom program, the book continues to offer multiple options to customize your course content.

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What's New

  • This edition presents a new tool to engage students: Brief Previews introduce each section or short chapter, inducing students to start thinking about the material by connecting the section content to real-life scenarios. Using everyday examples pertinent to students' lives, the Previews "translate" new notions and terms into concepts that readers unfamiliar with the subject matter can relate to. You can also use the Previews as discussion starters, either in class or online via MindTap™.
  • MindTap, a robust Internet platform, offers access to chapter-specific resources such as flashcards and tutorial quizzes, interactive Venn diagrams, learning modules on critical thinking and writing (providing additional help with constructing effective arguments), truth tables, and truth trees. Learning Logic, an accompanying self-study program with proven success, is also available. MindTap allows professors to track students' work, including time on task and quiz scores.
  • The Guide to Important Rules and Argument Forms is now available both on the inside covers of the text for ready access and as a detachable--and portable--two-page card.
  • Three new dialogues replace the older dialogues in Chapter 3. All of the dialogues, including the new ones, reflect more life-like conversations to resonate with today's readers.
  • More treatment is given throughout the book to argument forms/statement forms and their substitution instances.
  • Examples and exercises reference present-day technology, social media, and hot current topics such as the environment, and offer a visible connection between the study of logic and students' future work life.
  • Other content changes include: expanded treatment of ad populem, suppressed evidence fallacy, the "critical term" for syllogisms and sorites, deriving proofs, and the subjectivist (epistemic) theory of probability; introduction of the idea of vacuous truth (Ch. 4); the addition of cues for producing well-formed formulas (Ch. 6); more examples of incorrect application of the first four rules; and addition of English examples for the first eight rules of inference.
  • Chapter 14, "Science and Superstition," presents a revised discussion of the distinction between scientific evidence and religious evidence, and explores the problem of scientists faking evidence.
  • New exercises are included on categorical logic (Ch. 4) and natural deduction (Ch. 8).
  • Further explanation of the Aristotelian/Boolean distinction is provided in a separately published paper entitled "Existential Import: Historical Background," available in MindTap and at the Instructor Companion Website.

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This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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