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Introduction to Logic

Paul Herrick

Publication Date - April 2012

ISBN: 9780199890491

848 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $59.95

Introduction to Logic untangles the complexities of logical theory using clear explanations and many examples drawn from everyday life

Description

With clear explanations and many contemporary examples drawn from popular culture and everyday life, author Paul Herrick untangles the complexities of logical theory in Introduction to Logic. Offering a unique combination of two approaches--the historical and the technical--he presents logic as both a fascinating, evolving story and a body of essential technical information with applications to every area of human thought.

Perfectly suited for use in any introductory logic course, Introduction to Logic is also tailored to the online logic course Philosophy 106, available as part of the Open Course Library at www.opencourselibrary.org. Jointly sponsored by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Open Course Library offers instructors complete, expertly developed online courses in eighty essential college subjects--including the logic class developed by Paul Herrick and his colleague Mark Storey--all available to faculty at no charge.

SUPPLEMENTS:

* An Instructor's Resource CD (978-0-19-989052-1) contains brief chapter summaries, answers to all of the questions in the text, additional questions and exercises to use on quizzes and exams, and a PowerPoint presentation that covers the entire book.

* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/herrick provides extra resources for teachers and students, including a Teacher's Manual, Student Manual, and practice quizzes with answers on all key topics.

* An additional online resource at www.manyworldsoflogic.com offers additional practice quizzes, material for extra-credit assignments, and further information on the nature and history of logic.

About the Author(s)

Paul Herrick received his Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Washington. Since 1983 he has taught philosophy at Shoreline Community College in Washington, near Seattle. He is the author of The Many Worlds of Logic, Second Edition (OUP, 2002) and Reason and Worldview: An Introduction to Western Philosophy (1999).

Reviews

"The greatest virtue of Herrick's text is its accessibility. Still more unique, and of arguably equal value, is the placing of significant concepts in a historical context. The lower price of this text is also a HUGE selling point in its favor."--Andrew V. Jeffery, Green River Community College

"Herrick is a very clear and articulate writer, with really humorous and entertaining examples. I find much of his writing to be clearer and more succinct than that of his competitors."--Brian Glenny, Gordon College

"The sidebars into the history of philosophy and application of logic to real life issues give students a variety of content that helps them relate to the material. Herrick's writing style is conversational and engaging. This is important for a logic book as logic easily becomes impersonal and disengaging. Herrick does well when appealing to commonsense views in order to explain difficult concepts."--Peter Westmoreland, University of Florida

Table of Contents

    To the Instructor
    To the Student
    Acknowledgments
    Unit One: The Fundamental Concepts of Logic
    1. What Is Logic?
    2. Let's Have an Argument!
    3. The Two Basic Types of Argument
    4. How to Evaluate a Deductive Argument
    5. How to Evaluate an Inductive Argument
    6. Logical Relations and Concluding Matters
    Unit Two: Categorical Logic
    7. Logic Takes Form: Categorical Logic Version 1.0
    8. The Categorical Syllogism
    9. Categorical Logic Version 2.0: Boole, Venn, and the Nineteenth-Century Revolution in Categorical Logic
    Unit Three: Truth-Functional Logic
    10. Think Like a Stoic!: Truth-Functional Logic Version 1.0
    11. Truth-Functional Logic Version 1.1: Stoic Logic Takes Form
    12. Truth-Functional Logic Version 2.0: The Invention of Formal Languages in the Nineteenth Century
    13. From English to TL: Techniques for Great Translations
    14. Truth-Table Analysis Part 1: Truth Tables for the Operators
    15. Truth-Table Analysis Part 2: Testing Sentences for Logical Status
    16. Truth-Table Analysis Part 3: Testing Arguments for Validity
    17. Truth-Table Analysis Part 4: Relations
    18. Modern Truth-Functional Natural Deduction Part 1: The First Four Rules
    19. Truth-Functional Natural Deduction Part 2: Four More Inference Rules
    20. Truth-Functional Deduction Part 3: Replacement Rules
    21. Truth-Functional Deduction Part 4: Indirect and Conditional Proof
    22. Premise-Free Proofs
    Interlude: Philosophy of Logic
    Unit Four: Predicate Logic
    23. Predicate Logic Version 1.1: Frege Unites Categorical and Stoic Logic
    24. Predicate Logic Version 1.2: It's All About Relationships
    25. Predicate Logic Version 1.3: To Be or Not to Be: The Logic of Identity
    26. Natural Deduction Proofs with Monadic Predicates
    27. A Semantical Theory for Predicate Logic
    28. Conditional and Indirect Predicate Proofs
    29. Proofs with Overlapping Quantifiers
    30. The Summit: Predicate Logic with Identity
    Unit Five: Informal and Inductive Logic
    31. The Art of Definition
    32. The Informal Fallacies
    33. The Varieties of Inductive Reasoning
    34. Elementary Probability Theory
    Unit Six: Modal Logic
    35. Elementary Modal Logic
    Appendices
    A. Classical Indian Logic
    B. Metalogic: The Logic of Logic
    C. Godel's Theorem: The Power of Logic Revealed
    D. Logic and Computers: How an Idea in Logic Led to the Digital Computer and Transformed the World
    Answers to Selected Exercises
    Index

Teaching Resources

  • An Instructor's Resource CD-R (978-0-19-989052-1) contains brief chapter summaries, answers to all of the questions in the text, additional questions and exercises to use on quizzes and exams, and a PowerPoint presentation that covers the entire book.
  • Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/herrick provides extra resources for teachers and students, including a Teacher's Manual, Student Manual, and practice quizzes with answers on all key topics.
  • An additional online resource at www.manyworldsoflogic.com offers additional practice quizzes, material for extra-credit assignments, and further information on the nature and history of logic.