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Logic Book : Fundamentals of Reasoning - 5th edition

Logic Book : Fundamentals of Reasoning (ISBN10: 0495006726; ISBN13: 9780495006725)
ISBN13: 978-0495006725
ISBN10: 0495006726

Summary: Unwavering in its fundamental commitment to today's students and their typical inexperience in rigorous logical analysis, Robert Johnson's A LOGIC BOOK is unparalleled in its ability to make logic simple, if not entertaining. After two chapters on basic concepts--argument, deductive validity, inductive strength, truth of premises--the text presents two different deductive systems, Categorical Logic and Truth-Functional Logic. A chapter on Formal Deduction is then fol ...show morelowed by chapters on Inductive Logic and Informal Fallacies. The book culminates in a clear presentation of a strategy for evaluating lengthy arguments. Filled with timely examples and exercises drawn from popular culture, this book is an invitation to logic for even the most apprehensive students.

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  • Now a part of Thomson Wadsworth's Logical Choice program, you can easily customize this title and thereby save your students money and allow them to purchase only those chapters that you intend to cover in your course. Visit www.TextChoice.com or contact your local Thomson Wadsworth representative today to assemble your own customized version of this book!
  • By choosing to package a vMentor Access Card with every new copy of this text at no additional cost, you can in effect extend your office hours by providing your students with access to live online tutoring conducted by expert tutors well-versed the concepts and pedagogical approaches encountered in this book.
  • Throughout the text, examples and exercises have been revised and updated for timeliness.
  • In a major revision of Chapter Two (Good Argument) two new requirements--"the follows-from requirement" and "the truth requirement" are introduced--and a section (2.5 Are the Premises True?) has been taken from the prior Chapter 10 to round out the discussion of good arguments.
  • Chapter 3 (Categorical Logic, Part I) now includes a discussion of the "Raven Paradox."
  • Chapter 8 (Inductive Logic) has been streamlined and revised for clarity's sake.
  • Chapter 10 strengthens the consideration of empirical and non-empirical statements and examines a set of provocative real world discussions in which the distinction has particular relevance: the status of the human fetus, the nature of human happiness, the morality of terrorism, and the ethics of capital punishment.
Features
  • The text features numerous study aids to assist students in mastering chapter material including: chapter openers that summarize major concepts; numerous illustrative examples throughout the chapters; exercises that appear after ever section; review questions that follow every chapter; and, solutions to selected exercises in the back of the book.
  • Current real-life examples that students can relate to are taken from magazines and the press.
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Edition/Copyright: 5TH 07
Cover: Print On Demand
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 04/11/2006
International: No



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