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Simple Logic

Daniel Bonevac

Publication Date - July 1998

ISBN: 9780195155020

608 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.95


Written by an accomplished teacher, scholar, and writer, Simple Logic is unique in its sensitivity to today's student audience; it provides philosophical writing samples that are interesting and relevant to students' lives. Daniel Bonevac's clear writing style and careful presentation help students to easily understand key concepts, terms, and examples. He features a multitude of stimulating examples drawn from literary texts and contemporary culture, from figures as varied as Voltaire, Confucius, and Bart Simpson.
Simple Logic succeeds in conveying the standard topics in introductory logic with easy-to-understand explanations of rules and methods, while concentrating the discussion on fundamental topics taught by the majority of logic instructors.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Logic and Language
    Chapter 1: Reasoning
    1.1. Premises and Conclusions
    1.2. Recognizing Arguments
    1.3. Extended Arguments
    1.4. Validity and Strength
    1.5. Implication and Equivalence
    1.6. Form and Invalidity
    Chapter 2: Language
    2.1. Reason and Emotion
    2.2. Goals of Definition
    2.3. Means of Definition
    2.4. Criteria for Definitions
    Chapter 3: Informal Fallacies
    3.1. Fallacies of Evidence
    3.2. Fallacies of Relevance: Credibility
    3.3. Fallacies of Relevance: Confusion
    3.4. Fallacies of Relevance: Manipulation
    3.5. Inductive Fallacies
    3.6. Fallacies of Clarity
    Part II: Aristotelian Logic
    Chapter 4: Categorical Propositions
    4.1. Kinds of Categorical Proposition
    4.2. Categorical Propositions in Natural Language
    4.3. Diagramming Categorical Propositions
    4.4. Immediate Inference
    4.5. The Aristotelian Square of Opposition
    4.6. The Modern Square of Opposition
    Chapter 5: Syllogisms
    5.1. Standard Form
    5.2. Venn Diagrams
    5.3. Distribution
    5.4. Rules for Validity
    5.5. Reduction
    Part III: Symbolic Logic
    Chapter 6: Propositional Logic
    6.1. Connectives
    6.2. Truth Functions
    6.3. Symbolization
    6.4. A Symbolic Language
    6.5. Logical Properties of Statements
    6.6. Truth Tables for Statements
    6.7. Truth Tables for Symbolic Arguments
    Chapter 7: Semantic Tableaux
    7.1. Motivation
    7.2. Tableaux
    7.3. Negation, Conjunction, and Disjunction
    7.4. Policies
    7.5. The Conditional and Biconditional
    7.6. Other Applications
    Chapter 8: Proof
    8.1. Rules and Proofs
    8.2. Rules of Implication I: Conjunctions and Conditionals
    8.3. Rules of Implication II: Disjunctions
    8.4. Rules of Replacement: Connectives
    8.5. Rules of Replacement: Algebra
    8.6. Categorical Proofs
    8.7. Indirect Proofs
    Chapter 9: Predicate Logic
    9.1. Quantifiers
    9.2. Categorical Statement Forms
    9.3. Symbolization
    9.4. Quantified Tableaux
    9.5. Quantified Proofs
    9.6. Universal Generalization
    Part IV: Induction
    Chapter 10: Generalizations and Analogies
    10.1. Inductive Strength
    10.2. Enumeration
    10.3. Statistical Generalizations
    10.4. Analogies
    Chapter 11: Causes
    11.1. Kinds of Causes
    11.2. Agreement and Difference
    11.3. Residues and Concomitant Variation
    Chapter 12: Explanations
    12.1. Generalizations and Laws
    12.2. The Hypothetico-Deductive Method
    12.3. Confirmation and Auxiliary Assumptions
    12.4. Evaluating Explanations
    Answers to Selected Problems