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27 July 2012

736 Pages | 265 illus.

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199846313

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Second Edition

Stan Baronett

New to this Edition:

  • This second edition is a major reorientation and expansion of the previous edition. The first edition erred on the side of a short text, turning its back on the full bridge to formal reasoning, as well as not using actual quotes as real-world examples. We have kept it vivid while taking it fully into the mainstream. It now includes separate chapters on logical fallacies, moral reasoning, and other topics that were omitted from the first edition.
  • Unique and enhanced coverage: The relevance is clear right from the ToC, in its four-part structure with full parts (after
  • - Chapter 1 again leaps right into the real world, motivating the need for logic through the deluge of information on the Web and then intuitive reasoning.
  • - Earlier coverage of "Logic and Language" (Chapter 2), fuller coverage of fallacies (Chapter 4), and more examples of translating from ordinary language (Chapters 6-9) help bridge formal and informal logic.
  • - Chapter 3 has beefed up coverage of fallacies, for a fuller range of applications. A version of this chapter without diagrams (student learning aids) is now available for greater instructor flexibility.
  • - Fuller coverage of categorical and truth-functional logic (Chapters 4-9) allows greater instructor flexibility.
  • - Six full chapters on inductive logic (Chapters 10-16) give separate, flexible attention to such real-world applications as analogical, legal, moral, statistical, and scientific arguments, plus "The Long Essay."
  • - Three NEW chapters: Chapter 11, Legal Arguments; Chapter 12, Moral Arguments; and Chapter 15, Analyzing a Long Essay.
  • - Chapter 16 on scientific arguments now discusses inference to the best explanation and science and superstition.
  • - The early chapters build from simple examples before rolling out complex arguments, which conclude in a NEW final chapter on
  • More pedagogy:
  • - Heavily applied examples and applications, in text and display quotes, have been updated for currency.
  • - Real-world examples refer to contemporary issues from unemployment and the recession to a possible gene for violence and whether the world is coming to an end.
  • - Examples also refer often to culture and technology, including cell phones, DVDs, and the Web.
  • - NEW to this edition, many examples are actual quotes from print and other sources.
  • - Chapters NOW open with an extended real-world example for greater student interest. For example, after opening with the media deluge (
  • - The use of reference boxes has been expanded to capture material that is spread out over a number of pages in one place for easy reference, offering running summaries throughout the chapters.
  • - "Profiles in Logic" boxes give biographical sketches of key logicians and philosophers, both men and women.
  • - Numerous diagrams illustrate the major concepts. Art, especially Venn diagrams, will make more pedagogical use of full color.
  • - The adoption of more standard terminology, as well as clearer and more accurate definitions of terms and concepts.
  • - Key terms appear in a running glossary for quick reference, as well as in a list at end of chapter before the chapter summary.
  • - Bulleted summaries are provided at the end of each chapter.
  • - Over 1000 new exercises have been added at the end of sections, targeting Hurley's count of 2,600. More than a third are answered and worked out in the appendix.
  • - The much expanded exercise sets have been renamed Check Your Understanding to emphasize to students that they should use these sections to see what they have learned and where they need to do more work. They now also include a solution to the first problem in each set.
  • - Twenty-five percent of the exercises have answers provided at the back of the book.
  • - Chapters end with a unique additional "Logic Challenge," in the form of a story and a real puzzler. These problems end chapters on a fun note, with a reminder that the challenges of logic are always lurking in plain English.
  • - A foldout/tear-off card inside the back cover serves as a student resource and reference.
  • - A full glossary and index are placed at the end of the book.

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